14 Jan '11, 10am

Taiwan's disease control centre is reporting the island's first superbug case

TAIPEI - TAIWAN'S disease control centre is reporting the island's first superbug case - a new gene that makes bacteria resistant to most antibiotics. The centre said on Friday a 56-year-old Taiwanese man was found to be infected with the gene, known as NDM-1, shortly after he received a kidney transplant at a hospital in Jiangxi Province in eastern China. The gene appears to be circulating in 16 countries after first being reported in India. It alters bacteria, making them resistant to nearly all known antibiotics. -- AP

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