1st instance of 'superbug' detected in Israel

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 26, 2010 20:47

The patient, who recently returned from India, was diagnosed as having the bug that is resistant to antibiotics, doctors said.




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Hospital. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

The first instance of the "superbug" has been detected in Israel, Channel 10 reported on Tuesday.

The patient, who recently returned from India, was diagnosed as having the bug that is resistant to all known antibiotics, doctors said.

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The woman, who reportedly brought the bug back to Israel with her, was placed in quarantine at Sheba Hostpital at Tel Hashomer when doctors confirmed that she had the "New Deli" bug, Channel 10 reported.

India is an overpopulated country that overuses antibiotics and has widespread diarrheal disease and many people without clean water.

US doctors have tried treating some of these cases with combinations of antibiotics, hoping that will be more effective than individual ones are. Some have resorted to using polymyxins — antibiotics used in the 1950s and '60s that were unpopular because they can harm the kidneys.


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