The Union Health Ministry has refuted the claims of Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Taipei that one of the two Taiwan nationals injured in the Jama Masjid shootout was infected with the NDM-1 superbug bacteria in India.
Unidentified men had shot at Ko Chiang, 38, and another tourist on September 19 in old Delhi. Chiang was operated on for hepatic and bowel injuries at Lok Nayak Hospital. He was discharged on September 27.
On returning to Taiwan, he was scanned for the controversial NDM-1 enterobacteriaceae at the CDC in Taipei. The NDM-1 Klebseilla pneumoniae bacteria was detected in his stool.
NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase) is an antibiotic-resistant superbug.
The Health Ministry has refuted all claims by the CDC, saying the patient had not received any carbapenem antibiotic during his stay in India.
According to the CDC, the case does not meet the clinical characteristics of NDM-1 enterobacteriaceae infection.
The CDC had informed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) about the development.
NCDC sources maintained that since the patient's stool sample was not tested before he was admitted to the hospital, no one could be sure that he was not carrying the organism in his intestines.
"As per Lok Nayak Hospital's antibiotic policy, the antibiotic to which Ko Chiang is claimed to be resistant has not been used on him. The resistant organism has been grown from his rectal swab, whereas the specimen taken from the surgical site were all found to be sterile," said Dr Amit Benerjee, medical superintendent, Lok Nayak Hospital.
According to the latest information with Dr Banerjee, CDC, Taipei has "modified" its opinion.
"They have now agreed that the organism might have entered his body in some other country and certainly not acquired from India," he said.