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Here's the nightmare scenario that no one wants and everyone risks: you check into the hospital to be stitched-up, cured, and saved. A doctor or nurse or dirty door knob passes you an antibiotic-resistant superbug. And you check out with more trouble than you came with. Or worse, check out dead.

Nearly two million patients now pick up infections in US hospitals every year. Ninety-thousand — maybe more — die from those infections.

Infection rates are rising. The superbugs get tougher and tougher to treat. And now, they're jumping into the community at large, to locker rooms and jails and beyond.

Hear about superbugs out of control and how to stop the new wave of deadly infections.


Jane Allen, health reporter

Betsy McCaughey, founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths

Dr. Barry Farr, epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist at The University of Virginia

William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt

This program aired on June 12, 2006.


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