Deadly superbug reaches Denmark

The first case of an antibiotic resistant superbug that has caused panic across world was detected in Denmark this week. According to a report in The Lancet, a 57-year-old woman has been diagnosed with the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamese-1 virus (NDM-1) after returning from Bosnia-Herzegovina where she was hospitalised with blood poisoning.

NDM-1 is reported to have been found in 13 countries, including Australia, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Canada, the USA and the Netherlands. It has also been detected in Japan, Kenya, Hong Kong, Oman and Taiwan, and seven people are said to have died from the superbug.

The majority of cases have been reported in Britain with almost everyone having been infected whilst undergoing hospital treatment in India and the Balkans. According to a report on the virus, the NDM-1 enzyme, which is found in various bacteria, is resistant to all but two antibiotics.

“I do not want to paint too black a picture, but there is every reason to be concerned,” said National Serum Institute Professor Niels Frimodt-Moller.  “Previously we saw that almost all cases came from India – but that is not the case anymore,” he added.