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This article is part of the supplement: International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC 2011)

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Indian superbug: analysis of laypress reports

T Jeyaseelan Senthinath1*, P Revathi2 and R Vigneswari1

  • * Corresponding author: T Jeyaseelan Senthinath

Author Affiliations

1 Microbiology, Chennai Medical College Hospital& Research Centre, Trichy, India

2 Pharmacology, Chennai Medical College Hospital& Research Centre, Trichy, India

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BMC Proceedings 2011, 5(Suppl 6):P301  doi:10.1186/1753-6561-5-S6-P301

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Published:29 June 2011

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Introduction / objectives

Following the publication on New Delhi Metalo β Lactamase (NDM) in Lancet, Indian lay press highlighted various issues related to it, during Aug-2010. The present report aim to provide the information disseminated in the press.


Lay press materials related to Indian superbug and NDM published in 2 leading newspapers were collected daily. Consensus of 3 of the 5 was considered for categorisation. Simple descriptive statistics was used for analysis.


In the Newspaper The Hindu and New Indian Express, 19 and 10 items were disseminated respectively. The matters were educative remarks of professionals, community response, political interactions, pharmaceutical comments, statements of policy makers and economical aspects including Medical Tourism.


The lay press reports brought out the existing suboptimal status of infection control policy, misuse of antimicrobials in India and the need for surveillances. Despite extensive press reports, practitioners & prescribers were neither bothered nor did changed their attitude.

Disclosure of interest

None declared.