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Release: February 25, 1999

UI Hygienic Laboratory director to appear on ABC World News Tonight

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary J.R. Gilchrist, Ph.D., director of the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, is expected to appear tonight (Thursday, Feb. 25) on ABC's "World News Tonight" with Peter Jennings.

Gilchrist was interviewed by an ABC news crew about her Thursday morning testimony before the U.S. Senate Public Health Subcommittee on antibiotic resistant bacteria. In the interview Gilchrist discussed why many bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics and how to prevent the problem from growing. "World News Tonight" appears locally at 5:30 p.m. on KCRG/TV 9.

In her testimony Gilchrist talked about the antibiotic resistant bacteria tracking programs in place and the various information systems that public health laboratories are using. She also discussed the success of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Disease Program and advocated for continued and increased funding of that initiative.