Germ Wars: To Dodge A Plague

I was one of the first journalists in the country to write about antibiotic resistance in the mainstream press. This series appeared in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader in March 1999. It won a media award from the Missouri Public Health Association and a local hospital credited these articles with a 30-percent drop in antibiotic prescriptions.

DAY ONE

Germs find a way to fight back

Disease detective struggle to keep pace

DAY TWO

A prescription for disaster

DAY THREE

Risk grows along with crops, farm animals

DAY FOUR

AIDS virus conquering drug cocktails

Flu epidemic poised to make ugly return

DAY FIVE

All must fight in war against mutating germs

Hospital sees bacteria give up

Rules may be changed to track risky cases