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Expert illustrates how superbug forms and spreads

08-22-2010 12:42 BJT

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The UK's Health Protection Agency says the superbug gene has been found in 58 people who returned to the country after undergoing surgery in India or Pakistan. One expert from the agency told CCTV how the superbug forms and spreads.

The UK Health Protection Agency is an independent body whose main responsibility is to provide public health information to the general public, health experts and government.

An article published in the journal The Lancet, recently reported that doctors had found a new gene, called NDM-1. Scientists in the UK say they are concerned it could spread quickly in the UK. The world's media is asking the agency for more information.

Dr Livermore's laboratory collects and tests samples of bacteria from all over the world. The superbug is being tested here. He told us the superbug is being spread in hospitals, because medical staff and instrument do not disinfect equipment well enough.

But for the general public, he says it is necessary to keep vigilant but there's no need to panic.

Livermore says it is essential that a public health departments around the world work together to prevent a global epidemic.

Livermore says the reason the superbug has appeared is complicated but the overuse of antibiotics in medical treatment is one possibility.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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