Antibiotic crisis: finding alternatives

“I’M A carrier warrior sent back from the future to destroy all bacteria,” rapped Christiaan van Vuuren during his six months of isolation in Sydney Hospital.

The song, ‘Germaphobe’, was one of a series of performances under the name the Fully Sick Rapper that went viral on social media during van Vuuren’s treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2010.

That period in quarantine served a dual purpose. Firstly, prolonged treatment with a cocktail of “five or six old-school antibiotics”