Medicine: Tracking the Staph

Now that dangerous and potentially deadly infections with drug-defying strains of bacteria have become a major public-health menace, especially among patients already in hospitals for other reasons (TIME, March 24, Nov. 17), physicians will go to any lengths to trace the source of the trouble. Last week Dr. Harris D. Riley Jr. told a New Orleans meeting of the American Federation for Clinical Research how elementary gumshoe work had led disease detectives from Oklahoma City to a small-town hospital that was a hotbed of infection.

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