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Epidemic - Ebola, AIDS, Bird Flu, and Typhoid

Epidemic - Ebola, AIDS, Bird Flu, and Typhoid

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Item Number:
225 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
7 - 12
Includes 4 programs: From NOVA - Ebola: The Plague Fighters; Surviving AIDS; and Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America; and from Rx for Survival - Bird Flu: How Safe Are We?.

Ebola: The Plague Fighters Enter the "hot zone" of one of the most frightful diseases on the planet - Ebola - as a dreaded outbreak of the deadly virus sweeps through a remote region of Zaire in May 1995. Spending four weeks in the quarantined city of Kikwit, NOVA was the only film crew permitted to provide this unprecedented journalistic coverage.

Surviving AIDS
Bob Massie is alive...against all odds. Since 1978, when he first became infected with HIV, Massie's immune system has kept him completely healthy - without the help of drugs. His survival - a miracle wrapped in a mystery - is sparking a whole new approach to surviving AIDS.

Bird Flu: How Safe Are We?
During the past 100 years, life expectancy more than doubled in developed countries. In the last few decades, however, 40 new infectious diseases have emerged, and they travel the globe with unprecedented rapidity. Older killers that once seemed controllable are roaring back with a vengeance. Now, examine the most critical threats we face today and the pressing need to strengthen global public health systems.

Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America
"Typhoid Mary" was an Irish immigrant cook feared to be a "walking typhoid fever factory," despite the fact that she had no outward symptoms of the disease. Her story pitted the science of bacteriology, new in 1906, against ancient terrors. Her eventual banishment to a quarantine island off Manhattan revealed the struggle of health officials at the turn of the 20th century to protect the masses, sometimes violating individual liberties.

Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA and Rx for Survival - A Global Health Challenge Web sites; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired on Bird Flu: How Safe Are We? and Typhoid Mary: The Most Dangerous Woman in America.

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