Wednesday, October 23, 2013

HEALTH - Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

"How societal, economic factors play into rise of drug-resistant bacteria" PBS Newshour 10/22/2013


SUMMARY:  Has the age of antibiotics come to an end?  New strains of bacteria are on the rise, landing normally healthy people in the hospital with life-threatening, drug-resistant infections.  Ray Suarez talks to David Hoffman, the journalist who led the investigation for Frontline's "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria (53:41 full show video)."

JUDY WOODRUFF (Newshour):  Next: the mounting worries and public health concerns over the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.  That's the subject of tonight's episode of FRONTLINE.

To tell the story, the program examines three notable cases, including that of Addie Rerecich, an 11-year-old girl in Tucson.  After complaining of a nagging pain in her hip, she ended up fighting for her life in the hospital in 2011.

Here's an excerpt, beginning with her mother's recollection.

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