Indian Health Officials Continue to Downplay NDM-1

Jyoti Malhotra, writing in India Real Time, a Wall Street Journal blog, provides an update on the NDM-1 controversy in India.  According to Malhotra, Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia claims that the NDM-1 infection rate at Delhi hospitals varies from 0.04% to 0.08%.  Speaking at the first Global Forum for Bacterial Infections, held in Delhi, Walia insists that the Indian government is establishing “guidelines and monitoring systems to ensure this is kept under control.”  In contrast, according to Malhotra, Timothy Walsh, a leading researcher investigating global spread of NDM-1, argues that NDM-1 “is no longer a hospital control infection problem but has become a health catastrophe.”

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