CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Expert illustrates how superbug forms and spreads

08-22-2010 12:42 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

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

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program