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Drug resistance

Some bird flu patients resistant to only available H7N9 drug

Nurses leave a bird flu isolation unit at a hospital in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Laboratory tests have revealed resistance in some H7N9 bird flu patients to the only available treatment, said virologists who unveiled “concerning” study results on Tuesday. Three out of 14 patients monitored at a clinic in Shanghai had a genetically-mutated version of the virus that makes it drug resistant, a team of researchers in China wrote in the journal The Lancet.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 10:55am 1 comment

Briefs, February 17, 2013

A naked woman's body was found yesterday beneath a Cotai Water Jet ferry just off West Kowloon. A staff member on the catamaran called police at about 8am telling them a human leg was being sucked into the vessel's engine. 

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

No new cases of superbug VRE, says Caritas Medical Centre

Caritas Medical Centre

The Caritas Medical Centre had been battling to rid its wards of VRE, or vancomycin-resistant enterococci. It had found more than 100 carriers of the superbug.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Occurrence of multiple-drug-resistant tuberculosis grows

Tuberculosis is increasingly difficult to treat as the disease grows more resistant to drugs. Some 120,000 cases are diagnosed on the mainland each year. Photo: SCMP

Those fighting tuberculosis (TB) say it is better not to treat the disease than to treat it badly, because doing so just produces more powerful, drug-resistant bacteria, making the world's second-most fatal disease stronger by the day.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am 1 comment

Superbug cases rise fourfold in Hong Kong

Inadequate bacteria-testing equipment in Hong Kong hospitals made it hard for the city to tackle new medical threats.

Cases of the deadly drug-resistant superbug NDM-1 quadrupled in Hong Kong this year, rising from three to 12.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

Hong Kong has right conditions for outbreaks of drug-resistant superbugs

The New Delhi-Metallo-1 superbug. Photo: SMP

In August, Princess Margaret Hospital reported the second case of the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) Enterobacteriaceae, a lengthy name for a microbe that can simply be called a superbug.

4 Nov 2012 - 1:38am