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New Delhi, May 30: Canadian doctors announced today that multi-drug resistant bacteria, widely believed to have originated in India and detected previously in Canada only in three patients with a travel history to India, have now been locally acquired.
The doctors have isolated the bacteria from an 86-year-old man who has not travelled outside Ontario for at least the past 10 years and has had no obvious contact with anyone with a history of travel to India.
The bacteria possess the New Delhi metallo beta lactamase gene that makes them resistant to most known antibiotics. Medical studies suggest that NDM-1 has circulated in India since 2006 and patients visiting India have carried the bacteria to other countries.