Antibiotic Resistance on Teesside

March 1, 2018 no comments

While the majority of our local and family history enquiries come from people living within the region we frequently get questions from further afield.  This morning for example, as snow and ice continue to wreak havoc across the county, we received a call from a former Stockton resident now living in Australia.  Where it’s 30 degrees. Trace levels of envy may have been detected, despite our best efforts.

A little closer to home, we’ve recently had the pleasure of working with German documentary film maker Michael Wech.  Michael is currently researching a devastating outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria in several Teesside hospitals in 1967.  As the story in the Gazette details, the tragic events shaped the country’s approach to antibiotic resistance and policies that were well ahead of their time:

Using our newspaper archive, birth, marriages and deaths indexes and electoral rolls several leads were uncovered.  The film covers the political background of the incident and it is hoped that this local research will bring the human side to the wider scientific story.

Anyone affected by the 1967 outbreak can contact Michael at

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