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Q&A: NDM-1 superbugs

BBC News, August 11, 2010

Experts have warned that a new type of drug-resistant superbug is emerging in UK hospitals.

Q: What is NDM-1?

New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase-1, or NDM-1 for short, is a gene carried by bacteria that makes the strain resistant to carbapenem antibiotics. This is concerning because these antibiotics are some of the most powerful ones, used on hard-to-treat infections that evade other drugs.