Indian superbug threat to travellers

TRAVELLERS to India may be exposed to the so-called New Delhi superbug which has now been confirmed in drinking water and effluent, a study suggests.

The multi-resistant New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) gene creating international concern is widespread in the city’s environment, suggesting countries such as Australia should be screening returning travellers who fall ill, a researcher says.

Infectious diseases expert Professor Tim Walsh, currently at the University of Queensland, says screening of hospitalised patients is necessary to prevent NDM-1-positive bacteria taking hold in Australia. Five cases