A super-bug nicknamed ‘New Delhi’

January 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm 8 comments

Scientists, astronomers, inventors wait to have a discovery named after them. In first of its kind scenario where the world chose to bestow us with the fame by naming a super-bug  after the National Capital and state ‘NewDelhi’.

Metallo-beta-lactamase or NDM1 as it’s ‘un- popularly’ known is drug resistant enzyme which apparently foreign patients who undergo treatment at Indian hospitals are carrying back. (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase)

A layman like me knows that hospital acquired infection are not unheard off and it happens across the Globe. So why single-out India?

Looks like its fast growing popularity as a ‘sasta, sunder, achha aur tikau’ destination for medical tourism is hurting the ‘developed world’s ego and economy.


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. snowleopard  |  January 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    It is a bit of a funny situation. Should we declare the day as a Public Holiday and hold gala celebrations or should we mourn the fact that a bacteria was named after the City.
    P.S. Nice theme. Better than the previous one.

    • 2. delhizen  |  January 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      I think they caught on your idea and that’s why issued an apology. As it is they are not able to deal with all the importance India is getting 😉

  • 3. Sapna  |  January 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I always thought super-bugs are a western thing…Didn’t know we have some home grown ones too with an Indian name and that too the ones that only affect the phoreners….

    • 4. delhizen  |  January 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Super-bugs of diff kinds are all around and not exclusive to any region, so technically we can’t claim a patent on this one. 😉

  • 5. Kartikay  |  January 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

    EXACTLY! It hurts the developed world’s sentiments! Haha!! Awesome!

  • 6. delhizen  |  January 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    It is a classic case of ‘ Faux Pas’ committed out of Fear 🙂

  • 7. Sourav  |  January 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Looks like we are getting (un)popular ?

  • 8. delhizen  |  January 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    In PR we say, no publicity is bad! Especially its for free 😉
    And this case, we got an apology, and media is on our side 🙂


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