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New Pneumonia Strain #254218

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 02, 1977
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(Studio) New strain of pneumonia has been found overseas; is resistant to penicillin and most other antibiotics.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) New pneumonia strain bacteria was identified in South Africa, and so far has stayed on African continent. However, Dr. Robert Austrian, who studies new bacteria at University of Pennsylvania lab, says it will almost inevitably spread to other parts of world. New bacteria is not only resistant to penicillin, which was expected to happen eventually, but to 12 of 15 major antibiotics used to treat disease. [AUSTRIAN - says it is unexpected development, but notes that so little is known about organism that more research must be done to find out what is going on.] New development is indication that as man develops stronger drugs, bacteria find better ways to defend selves.
REPORTER: Steve Young

Mudd, Roger;
Young, Steve

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