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New Delhi NDM-1 superbug: Indian scientists nail British hoax


The NDM-1 saga plays out as expected. A British farce thinly veiled as science.

How resistant mutations areise  |  Image source & courtesy - missashleypants.com  |  Click for image.

How resistant mutations areise | Image source & courtesy - missashleypants.com | Click for image.

In a short period of 80 years, disease causing organisms are developing resistance to most antibiotics  |  Cartoon source & courtesy - cspinet.org  |  Click for image.

In a short period of 80 years, disease causing organisms are developing resistance to most antibiotics | Cartoon source & courtesy - cspinet.org | Click for image.

The story so far

First was the clandestine removal of samples from New Delhi. Second was inadequate data on the origin.

India has hit out at the study, which it said was funded by pharma companies that make antibiotics to treat such cases.

While the Union health ministry issued a statement on Thursday which also takes offence to the naming of the bug after the national capital, the paper’s Chennai-based lead author Karthikeyan Kumarasamy dissociated himself from parts of the report.

“The study was funded by the European Union and two pharmaceutical companies, Wellcome Trust and Wyeth, which produce antibiotics for treatment of such cases. It also needs to be highlighted that several of the authors have declared conflict of interest in the publication,” the health ministry said.

Doctors have criticised the report, saying it appeared to be aimed at hitting at India’s booming medical tourism that was taking away business from the West.

Kumarasamy said he had not written many of the interpretations in the report; they were added later without his permission or knowledge. “I do not agree with the last paragraph which advises people to avoid elective surgeries in India. While I did the scientific work, correspondence author Timothy R Walsh of Cardiff University was assigned to edit the report,” Kumarasamy (said).

Walsh has been quoted in British media as advising people to “think long and hard” before making a decision to undergo treatment in Indian hospitals. Incidentally, the Lancet report comes close on the heels of International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ranking India among the top five destinations for cosmetic surgery. Walsh was not reachable over the phone.

Kumarasamy said the report pained him. “It was too small a sample to extrapolate. My intention was to find out whether such multi-resistant bacteria existed in India. We see several such strains of multi-drug resistant bacteria across the world,” Kumarasamy added. (via India trashes ‘superbug’ report, says it’s doctored – The Times of India).

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How modern 'medicine' works? | Cartoonist - John McPherson; source & courtesy - placeboweb.org | Click for larger image.

Then came reports of the same NDM-1 factor that was present in an Ontario patient who never travelled to Indiaor the Indian sub-continent.

Toleman said the bacteria was named ‘New Delhi-beta-lactamase’ first in an American journal called Antibiotic Agents and Chemotherapy in 2009 and the naming had nothing to do with Lancet.

“In fact our original paper was rejected by Lancet. Furthermore NDM-1 is the correct name and follows the naming of most genes of this type. Others are named SPM-1 for Sao Paulo metallo-b-lactamase, SIM for Seoul imipenemase in Korea, VIM for Veronna imipenemase in Italy, GIM for Germany imipenemase and DIM for Dutch imipenemas,” he said. (via India ‘supressing’ truth about presence of NDM-I, says Lancet – Indian Express).

These British scientists claimed that millions of Indians were infected – and the Indian government was suppressing facts – and Indian scientists.

International health journal Lancet has slammed the government for “suppressing” truth about the presence of a drug-resistant bacteria in Delhi’s public water system by “threatening” and “abusing” its own scientists.

It also dubbed as “unfortunate” the government’s denial of presence of such bacteria.

“Unfortunately the Indian government is in denial and actively suppresses the truth by threatening and abusing their own scientists,” the author said.

Asked about a senior health ministry official’s claim that the researchers transferred samples for the study illegally, Tony Kirby, the magazine’s press officer said, “We broke no Indian laws whatsoever.” (via India ‘supressing’ truth about NDM-I: Lancet – Economic Times).

A subsequent study at the PD Hinduja hospital found that the

drug-resistant superbug NDM-1 is not present in healthy population, rubbishing projections made by British scientists that millions of Indians may already be harbouring NDM-1.

Since its discovery in 2009, NDM-1 cases have been reported from several countries across the world but all of them are from among hospital-acquired infections. The naming of the bug after New Delhi had also become controversial.

The new Indian finding assumes importance in view of fears that bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics are no more restricted to patients in hospitals but may have also spread to healthy people in the community.

The study has been carried out by the same Mumbai group which first reported the presence of NDM-1 among hospital patients in 2010. For six months in 2011, scientists at the PD Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre looked for the presence of NDM-1 in stool samples of healthy individuals who had enrolled for routine health screening. NDM- 1 was not found in any of the 1,000 samples tested.

Though antibiotic resistance – measured in the form of Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamases (ESBLs) presence – has gone up compared to 2004, NDM-1 has not spread in general population, the study said.

ESBLs are enzymes that can be produced by bacteria making them resistant to antibiotics.

“Though the absence of NDM-1 is reassuring, it should not detract us from the need to implement strict infection- control measures and antimicrobial stewardship for resistant organisms,” observed Dr Camilla Rodrigues while reporting the findings in the latest issue of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.After finding the presence of NDM-1 in hospital samples, British scientists had reported the presence of the superbug in water samples collected from drains in Delhi. This led them to conclude the superbug had spread to the environment as well. (via Indian scientists nail New Delhi superbug lie : North News – India Today).

Why am I not surprised?


  1. S
    February 21, 2012 at 7:24 am

    ““The study was funded by the European Union and two pharmaceutical companies, Wellcome Trust and Wyeth, which produce antibiotics for treatment of such cases. It also needs to be highlighted that several of the authors have declared conflict of interest in the publication,” the health ministry said.”

    This ‘Wellcome Trust ‘ is a govt. sponsored NGO.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellcome_Trust

    They are running many interesting projects like these – “http://www.ifpindia.org/South-India-Fertility-Project-SIFP.html”

  2. avatar singh
    February 22, 2012 at 3:35 am

    sadly itis all because of british and americana gent manmoahn singh the unelelcted Pm of idnia who has weakned india to such extent that thrid rate ciuntry like britisanthinks that it can say anything abiut india.
    Manmohan is a facilitator of scamsters & fraudsters. That he personally does not indulge in corruption is immaterial since he learnt a lesson long ago that his foray into politics gained momentum through his quality of ‘strategic silence’ and as a corporate scam facilitator. As long as he runs along this narrow niche without opening his mouth too wide, he believes he is safe.

    How india is being treacherously enslaved by angloamerican agents likes of (unelectable and defeated in democratic election ) this pm manmohan singh and the english media inside india.

    “` march, 2007

    –this unelectable (and three times defeated in democratic elections ) so called prime minieter manmohan singh is a blot on the face of democratic india. he is there aonbly because the anglosaxon powers wanted him there instead of sonia gandhi(who wouldnot have been that maelelable to english speaking world-master race as this stooge manmohan is). this manmohan singh has been very unpopular in democratic election losing even when there was a wave in favour of congress. he has not even let pujab select his d=congress pqarty for assembley election in 2007 so mucn unpol;ular he is. but he is very popular amnost the anglosaxon media and govert. therefore he is popular amonst the english media and all the angloamerican stooges theat you find in any thirld world aka allwi,Ahmed Chalabi(of iraqi traitor fame) mubarak types.

    manmohan singh is a yeltsin of india-very pouilar amonst enemies of india exactly because he has sold india cheap to thse amngloamericn interests.
    Another factor is that he doesn’t feel he is accountable to the public of Indiabecause he has not bene elelcted by people of India.. A key pointer to this is the number of press conference he has held in his 7 years of holding the job. Maybe 1 or 2 at max. He isn’t answerable to the Indian public. Compare this with the monthly press conferences by a Chidambaram or a Pranab. They too are corporate facilitators no doubt, but still feel answerable to the Indian public since they came through the electoral route. Laloo used to hold a media briefing every week. Manmohan is more in the autocratic mould of TSPA generals. They just need to meet & make themselves accountable to visiting US politicians and generals.

    may 9th , 2007.

    “The global banking cartel, centered at the IMF, World Bank and Federal Reserve, have paid off politicians and dictators the world over — from Washington to Greece to Egypt. In country after country, they have looted national economies at the expense of local populations, consolidating wealth in unprecedented fashion – the top economic one-tenth of one percent is currently holding over $40 trillion in investible wealth, not counting an equally significant amount of wealth hidden in offshore accounts.MANBMNO9HAN SINGH IS THAT MAN SECONDED FROM WORLD BANK TO IMPERISH INDIA And sell idnia cheap to anglosaxon race.

    IMF imperial operations designed to extract wealth and suppress populations have been ongoing for decades”

    This ( rejected thrice by the public in general election) prime minister(installed at american behest) manmaohan singh is trying to enter parliament again through vack door-he filled nomination through assam with help of sonai gandhi congress(of whoioch he is not a leader or person of any singificance).
    such is the democracy we live in.

    2012

    Regrettably,this weakness in our global “weight” in recent times is in stark contrast to the days of Mrs. G, when India strode the world like a colossus inside and outside the NAM movement.Our influence stretched from Asia to Africa and the Americas too,amongst the former colonies and developing nations.Even within the Commonwealth we showed our mettle over the issue of the apartheid regime of S.Africa,where we battled with Britain to keep S.Africa out of the CW as a pariah state until the regime relented and handed over rule to the black Africans.We do not even display 1% of that influence today, while our non-elected plasticene puppet PM,in turn deliberately appointed his own puppet FM, who appears to suffer from a severe dose of diplomatic Alzheimers,embarrassing the nation not knowing whether he is representing India or Portugal at of all places the UN!

  1. March 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

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