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S. Africa Forms Team to Act on Drug-Resistant Bacteria Outbreak

October 20, 2011

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s Department of Health has formed a response team after an outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae that produces the so-called NDM-1 enzyme was identified at Life Healthcare Group’s Glynnwood hospital in eastern Johannesburg.

At the hospital 10 patients were identified as being infected while an outpatient at the government-owned Charlotte Maxeke hospital in Johannesburg has also been confirmed as infected with the “multi-drug resistant strain of bacteria,” the Pretoria-based department said in an e-mailed statement today.

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