Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria by PBS on DVD

Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by ellen

Have you seen the Frontline show Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria by PBS? Marty and I saw this years ago and have wanted to rewatch it. So, I was excited to learn that it was now available on DVD. We love having our favorite documentaries on DVD so we can rewatch them anytime we like. Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria by PBS on DVD

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Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

“Nightmare Bacteria.” That’s how the CDC describes a frightening threat spreading quickly in hospitals, communities, and across the globe. Correspondent David E. Hoffman investigates the alarming rise of untreatable infections: from a young girl thrust onto life support in an Arizona hospital, to a young American infected in India who comes home to Seattle, to the discovery of a rare superbug in Houston hospitals.

The film also goes inside an uncontrollable outbreak at the nation’s most prestigious hospital, where eighteen patients were mysteriously infected and six died, despite frantic efforts to contain killer bacteria.

Fueled by decades of antibiotic overuse, the crisis has deepened as major drug companies, squeezed by Wall Street expectations, have abandoned the development of new antibiotics. Without swift action, the miracle age of antibiotics could be coming to an end. There are now predictions that by 2050 antibiotic-resistant superbugs could kill more people than cancer.

My thoughts:

This program was absolutely fascinating. My husband and I have worried about the overuse of antibiotics for years for exactly this reason. You don’t really think that you should have to worry about catching a disease when you go into the hospital, but it does happen.

Not only was this program interesting, it was well explained and easy to follow. I’ve always enjoyed Frontline and this is definitely one of my favorites. If you’re at all concerned about this topic, I highly recommend you add this to your DVD library.

2 thoughts on “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria by PBS on DVD

  1. As a student in nursing, this is so interesting to me. I haven’t heard of this but I am going to definitely try and check it out now!

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