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Antibiotic resistance: a growing problem? New Frontline report investigates




Antibiotics fighting bacteria cultures in a petri dish
Antibiotics fighting bacteria cultures in a petri dish
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Antibiotics revolutionized medicine in the modern era, yet the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has become a looming concern across the globe. Annually, approximately two million Americans are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and 23,000 die.

In a new report entitled The Trouble with Antibiotics, Frontline investigates the issue from two different perspectives. First, the program goes to farms in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas in order to determine the prevalence and role of antibiotics in our food. Then, an interview with the parents of a patient who died at the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center during a superbug outbreak explores how antibiotic-resistant bacteria affect those infected. The Trouble with Antibiotics airs Tuesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream in full, for free, online.

Are antibiotic-resistant bacteria something that you think about when talking to your doctor? Would you change the medicines you take or the food you eat if you knew they were adding to antibiotic-resistance? What do you think of superbug outbreaks at hospitals?

Guest:

David Hoffman, Frontline correspondent, “The Trouble with Antibiotics” - airs Tuesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream in full, for free, online. @FrontlinePBS