Japanese Health Ministry and experts have held a meeting in Tokyo to discuss ways of tackling the first drug-resistant bacterium case reported in the country.
|In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, Dokkyo Medical University |
Hospital Associate Prof. Akira Hishinuma, right, speaks during a press
conference at the hospital in Mibu in Tochigi Pref., north of Tokyo.
Japan has confirmed the nation's first case of a new gene in bacteria
that allows the microorganisms to become drug-resistant superbugs,
detected in a man who had medical treatment in India, a health ministry
official said Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. The gene, known as NDM-1, was
found in the Japanese man in his 50s who was hospitalized at the hospital
in April 2009 after returning from India. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Teijiro Furukawa, Japanese Deputy Cabinet Secretary, said, "This meeting is to discuss how related governmental organisations and officials will tackle the issue of the first case of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which has widely spread throughout India and Pakistan, and which was discovered in Japan yesterday."
Officials from Dokkyo University Hospital, said on Monday that bacteria with the NDM-1 gene - resistant to nearly all antibiotics - was discovered in a patient. If confirmed, it would be the first such case in Japan. The hospital said that E.coli with the NDM-1 gene was detected in May last year in a male patient in his 50s. The patient had already been released from hospital.
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