The Times of India Interviews Timothy Walsh

Kounteya Sinha has an informative interview with Timothy Walsh in The Times of India. ¬†Drawing upon several recent studies, Walsh states, “Extrapolating the data from our environmental study undertaken in New Delhi and combining this with the recent study of NDM-1 carriage from Pakistan, we estimate that the carriage rate of NDM-1 in India is between 100 and 200 million, which means that NDM-1 has become a very serious public health issue…With globalization, NDM-1 will continue to spread unchecked around the world and once established in higher enough numbers in a particular country, will further disseminate.” ¬†In the interview Walsh notes that environment pollution by antibiotics, inadequate sanitation, overuse of antibiotics and routine sale of non-prescribed antibiotics, lack of a national surveillance system, and inadequate infection control procedures in some Indian hospitals have all contributed to spread of NDM-1.    Send article as PDF