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A controversy about a superbug virus started after a London-based journal published that it's found in New Delhi's drinking water. Now, India's federal Water Resources Minister is playing down the reports of the threat, and has closed an investigation into the matter.
On Monday, India's federal Water Resources Minister played down fears of the presence of a superbug in New Delhi's water. The minister says the matter is not serious enough of warrant any further investigations.
Last week, the London-based Lancet Infectious Diseases journal published that gram-negative bacterial strains with NDM-1 (New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1) gene, also called the superbug, have been detected in drinking water. The seepage water samples were collected from several locations in the Indian capital.
The journal claims that NDM-1 makes bacterial strains resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class named carbapenems.
India's federal Water Resources Minister says he would have taken prompt action if the situation was as serious as it had been made out to be in the journal.
[Salman Khurshid, Federal Water Resources Minister]:
"Every scientific community has a different point of view on such issues, and disagreements can only be decided by people who are experts in the field. This matter is of concern to the Health Minister, so he must be asked about this issue. But I can certainly tell you, had this been a serious matter or an issue requiring further investigation, then we would certainly have been informed about it."
NDM-1 was in the news in August last year when the same journal reported that patients returning from India were harboring the drug-resistant bacterial strains and named the gene based on its origin.