Pan-resistant superbugs, world travel, a love story and the use of a virus to treat a life-threatening infection–and its all absolutely true. The makings of a great book.

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On this week’s program, I am joined by the authors of The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir, Steffanie Strathdee and Tom Patterson.

During the segment we look at the timeline, the research, the players and the wonderful outcome.

The Outbreak News This Week Radio Show, the first and only radio program dedicated to infectious disease and health news and information, airs every Sunday at 1 pm ET in the Tampa Bay area on AM 1380 The Biz and online at


For more on phage therapy in North America, visit The Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH)


Acanthamoeba case in Michigan with Shahzad Mian, M.D.

Outbreak News interview: Vincent Racaniello, PhD

Cytomegalovirus, the RUSP and the National CMV Foundation

Polio eradication successes and struggles, Unusual infectious disease news

Asian longhorned ticks with Maria Diuk-Wasser, PhD

Japanese encephalitis with Dr. Melvin Sanicas

Venezuela epidemics: From measles to malaria with Dr. Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi

Vaccines, autism and a very important book