A gene that makes bugs highly resistant to almost all known antibiotics has been found in bacteria in water supplies in New Delhi used by local people for drinking, washing and cooking, scientists said on Thursday.
The NDM 1 gene, which creates what some experts describe as “super superbugs”, has spread to germs that cause cholera and dysentery, and is circulating freely in other bacteria in the Indian city capital of 14 million people, the researchers said, according to Reuters.
Health minister AK Walia, when asked about it, said he will comment only after getting all the reports.
Negi said the DJB supplies drinking water only after finding it fit in the BIS tests. “The NDM-1 is a coliform bacteria and BIS limits the presence of coliform to 10 per 100 ml of supply water. Its presence in our supply is much lesser than permissible limit.”
He said there is also an independent check up of DJB water by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, which in its 2006-2010 reports said the supply drinking water was fit for use, Times of India reports.
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