Belgian man dies of South Asian superbug

Brussels: A Belgian man died from a
drug-resistant "superbug" originating in South Asia, a doctor
said on Friday, the first reported death from the bacteria.

The victim was infected by the bacteria while being
treated in a hospital in Pakistan, Denis Pierard, a
microbiologist from AZ VUB hospital in Brussels where the man
had been treated since June, told Belgian media.

"He was involved in a car accident during a trip to
Pakistan. He was hospitalised with a major leg injury and then
repatriated to Belgium, but he was already infected," the
doctor.

Despite being administered colistin, a powerful
antibiotic, the patient died, the doctor said.

The superbug -- a bacterial gene called New Delhi
metallo-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) -- was first identified last year
in a Swedish patient admitted to hospital in India.

According to a report on Belgian TV channel RTBF, it was
the second reported case of the bacteria in the country this
year.

British medical journal The Lancet reported this week
that bacteria containing the ATM-1 gene had been found in 37
Britons who had received medical treatment in South Asia,
while three cases have been reported in Australia.

PTI

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