A deadly 'superbug' impervious to antibiotics has been detected for the first time in
Doctors at the
A woman who took ill in
"The patient was hospitalized for five days in
The woman was isolated after the bacteria were discovered, Rahav said.
NDW-1 is a bacterium comprising a drug-resistant enzyme gene that has already unleashed health scares across Europe, with deaths reported in the United Kingdom, Belgium and France.
"In this case the bacterium was not the cause of the patient's illness and no additional medication was needed. She was placed under strict quarantine," Rahav said, adding that departmental staff had been briefed and that all other patients in the department had been tested for the bug.
Following the incident, the health ministry's special unit for antibiotic-resistant infections ordered all Israeli hospitals to test any patient who had received healthcare in
NDM-1 is believed to have first emerged in
"The enzyme is found on a section of the stomach virus' genetic matter, and it can disperse any medication that binds to the virus, including penicillin and other antibiotics," said Professor Yehuda Carmeli, head of the Health Ministry's department for control of epidemic diseases and head of the epidemiology unit at
"This resistant form of bacteria is very significant, as once it has entered the body, it is almost impossible to treat," Carmeli said. "As far as we can tell, it is transmitted from person to person, which is why it was decided to isolate the patient.
The health ministry
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