While the title and the contents broadly describe the antibiotics resistance profile of gram negative bacteria and its mechanism due to New Delhi metallo-b lactamase (NDM-1) gene in the plasmid, the conclusions are loaded with inference that these resistance genes/organism possibly originated in India and it may not be safe for the UK patients to opt for surgery in India. Concluding sentence presents a frightening picture which is not supported by any scientific data.
Over the decades, it is known that plasmids are present in gram negative bacteria, they can be transmitted among bacteria and they may also encode for resistance for many drugs. However, this is a phenomenon which occurs in nature - in the environment, may be intestines of humans and animals universally. Their might be billions of such happenings at any moment.
It also needs to be highlighted that several of the authors have declared conflict of interest in the publication. The study was funded by European Union & 2 pharmaceutical company namely Wellcome Trust & Wyeth who produce antibiotics for treatment of such cases. DGHS in consultation with Secretary DHR & DGICMR strongly refute the naming of this enzyme as New Delhi metallo beta lactamase & also refute that hospitals in India are not safe for treatment including medical tourism.
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