Stories about “doomsday killer bugs”: the aftermath

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.441b (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:441
  1. S G Jones,
  2. J Howard
  1. Senior registrar (locum), medical microbiology Community infection control nurse Shrewsbury Public Health Laboratory, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ

    EDITOR,—A recent television programme (Panorama, “Superbugs,” BBC1, 15 Jan) reported the increase in British hospitals in bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics, specifically methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin resistant enterococcus. The programme, although mostly factually correct, created a sinister, doom laden image of superbugs on the rampage. This was achieved by the use of low lighting of interview sets, scenes of ambulance drivers wearing face masks with visors, and an unbalanced content. Experts talked of the war against resistant bacteria being lost, of the end …

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