New Delhi:  There is no need to press the panic button over the alleged presence of superbug in the drinking water of the national capital. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday held a high-level meeting with the experts to review the Lancet study indicating the presence of the superbug NDM-1 in drinking water.

According to sources, the experts have confirmed that cases of drug-resistant cholera and gastroenteritis have escalated and suitable antibiotics could still tackle with these bacteria.

The CM held discussions with the experts from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), the Delhi government's Directorate of Health Services (DHS), National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

Experts said that there was no clinical evidence to suggest the presence of the NDM-1 bacteria.

The experts of NCDC have been monitoring the drug-resistance pattern in bacteria obtained from the cases of cholera patients admitted in Delhi for the last many years. They have not found presence of carbapenem resistance in them.

The experts assured the Chief Minister that the chlorination being carried out by the Delhi Jal Board is sufficient to kill all types of bacteria including the NDM-1. “It is baseless to worry over Lancent report,” they said.

Others present in the meeting included officiating-director (NCDC) Dr D Chattopadhyay; additional director (microbiology), NCDC, Dr Sunil Gupta; MAMC dean Dr A K Agarwal and DHS director Dr V N Kamat.

JPN/Bureau