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Indrani Mukerjea responds to treatment: JJ Hospital

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Mumbai: In a relief for the authorities, Indrani Mukerjea – one of the three prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case – who was admitted to a hospital here in an unconscious state on Friday afternoon, is responding to treatment, a top official said on Saturday.

Dean of Sir JJ Hospital, TP Lahane said Indrani is responding to treatment and is now in a semi-conscious state, and she may fully recover in at least three days.

She is responding to voice commands, asked for water once but remains in a semi-conscious state. She is also on ventilator to help her breathe, we are waiting for the urine report to determine what could be the exact cause of her present condition,” Lahane told media-persons here on Saturday.

Indrani was rushed to Sir JJ Hospital after she complained of uneasiness and breathing issues around 2 PM on Friday.

Late Friday night, her condition was described serious as a series of medical tests were carried out, according to Lahane.

“We think that she (Indrani Mukherjea) consumed some tablets… we are treating her on that basis,” he added.

A senior home department official Satvir Singh said Indrani was prescribed to take two pills for epileptic problems, one in morning and one in evening, under the supervision of the jail authorities.

However, she apparently hoarded the tablets and took them at one go early on Friday leading to her present condition, he said, adding the matter would be probed.

Indrani was arrested on August 25 for her role in the murder of Sheena Bora, her daughter from a previous marriage, in April 2012.

Along with Indrani, her ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai were also nabbed.

The sensational case was initially handled by Mumbai Police under the supervision of then police commissioner Rakesh Maria and later transferred to the CBI by the Maharashtra government.

The CBI lodged a separate case against the three late last month.

Since September 7, Indrani, Khanna and Rai have been lodged in judicial custody.

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Hospital In Romania Shut Down After Babies Get Diagnosed With Superbug

Microbiologists say up to 30 percent of humans are long-term carriers of the bug.

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This digitally colorized microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in yellow. VOA

Romanian health authorities on Friday temporarily closed a maternity hospital in the capital after 13 babies born there recently were diagnosed with a drug-resistant superbug.

The Health Ministry said the Giulesti Maternity Hospital in Bucharest would stop admissions after the newborns were recently diagnosed with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

The Grigore Alexandru children’s hospital said Thursday it was treating at least six babies born recently in Giulesti for the bug. It said the babies didn’t have a fever, without providing further information on their condition.

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Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, brown) or the superbug surrounded by cellular debris. MRSA resists treatment with many antibiotics. VOA

The ministry said wards would be closed for cleaning and disinfection after patients were discharged. The hospital said it had canceled dozens of C-section operations next week. Women will have the procedure at other public hospitals in the capital.

The Public Health Directorate said 11 hospital employees found to be carriers of the bacteria have been temporarily removed from the hospital to undergo treatment.

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The bacteria often live on the skin or in the nostrils without causing symptoms. They can become more dangerous if they enter the bloodstream, destroying heart valves or causing other damage.

Microbiologists say up to 30 percent of humans are long-term carriers of the bug. (VOA)