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A Closer Look (Medicine: Resistant Strains) #184886

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 25, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statistics on bugs and drugs and unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions presented.

(New York: Ned Potter) The international problem of drug-resistant diseases worsened by the overuse of antibiotics examined. [Public Health Research Institution Barry KEISWIRTH - says the medical industry got complacent; explains the rapid spread of infectious diseases.] [Rockefeller University Dr. Alexander TOMASZ - says we inherit the world's problems in infectious diseases.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(New York: John McKenzie) The General Accounting Office report on the state of state-level public health laboratories examined; example cited of the outbreak at a Georgia water park. [Georgia Public Health Lab Elizabeth FRANKO - says state labs are critical in tracking infectious diseases.] [Tufts University Medical School Dr. Stuart LEVY - comments on the problems of spreading information about disease agents.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Further information on bacterial resistance on the ABC News Website mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John;
Potter, Ned

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