Can A 100-Year-Old Treatment Help Save Us From Superbugs? In 2015, Steffanie Strathdee's husband nearly died from a superbug, an antibiotic resistant bacteria he contracted in Egypt. Desperate to save him, she reached out to the scientific community for help. What she got back? A 100-year-old treatment that's considered experimental in the U.S. Strathdee, an infectious disease epidemiologist, tells us how it works, its limitations, and its potential role in our fight against superbugs. Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
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Can A 100-Year-Old Treatment Help Save Us From Superbugs?

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Can A 100-Year-Old Treatment Help Save Us From Superbugs?

Can A 100-Year-Old Treatment Help Save Us From Superbugs?

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In 2015, Steffanie Strathdee's husband nearly died from a superbug, an antibiotic resistant bacteria he contracted in Egypt. Desperate to save him, she reached out to the scientific community for help. What she got back? A 100-year-old treatment that's considered experimental in the U.S. Strathdee, an infectious disease epidemiologist, tells us how it works, its drawbacks, and its potential role in our fight against superbugs.

She also co-wrote the memoir, "The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug."

Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Davis and edited by Viet Le.