Drug-resistant 'superbug' Seen in Canada

BRAMPTON, Ontario, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Ontario officials say they have confirmed the province’s first case of the so-called superbug NDM-1, as a hospital patient tested positive for the bacteria.

A patient at the William Osler Health Centre in Brampton, Ontario reportedly contracted the infection while undergoing a medical procedure in India, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News reported.


The hospital said the patient was no longer being treated there but would release no other information, the CBC said.

Cases have been reported in Alberta and British Columbia, but the Brampton case is the first in Ontario, officials said.

Resistant to antibiotics, the bacteria have been detected in 180 people in India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

Cases have also been reported in Australia, the United States, the Netherlands and Sweden, the CBC said.

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