'Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: Zika and Ebola like rabies, dengue, and other killer viruses reside in animals and spill over into humans. Today, spillover diseases are more common, and we are more vulnerable. Now, scientists are on the hunt for deadly diseases, hoping to stop them before they spill over and spread out of control. It's not a question of if another outbreak will strike, but when? And will we be prepared?
DVD Verdict: In 2015, a mysterious virus, eventually identified as Zika, first appeared in Brazil, flooding clinics with patients. Health care workers and researchers working in Brazil made a startling connection between the increase in prenatal Zika virus infections and the growing number of babies born with microcephaly and other devastating birth defects. The year before, as the world watched in horror, the Ebola virus tore through the heart of West Africa, leaving some 12,000 dead in its wake.
The outbreak was historic: ten times worse than all other Ebola outbreaks combined. And beyond the headlines, out of the spotlight, other threats were unfolding at the same time: legions of viruses were continuing their march around the globe, largely unreported. Nipah. Chikungunya. MERS. All are diseases caused by viruses that reside in animals and spill over into humans.
Over the last half century, the number of spillover diseases has increased rapidly. What's behind the rise in spillover viruses? What can we do to stop them? And what have we learned from the ultimate containment of Ebola?
'Spillover — Zika, Ebola & Beyond' is a harrowing drama that follows scientists into the world's hot zones in a search for answers. And it does so while providing much needed scientific context for the most recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks. Battle-hardened health workers and survivors share their untold stories, such as how a courageous band of Nigerians jumped into the breach to stop Ebola from turning into a truly global pandemic. Watch it today, learn from it, and then be aware of it, next time you and your family travel. For watching this incredible PBS documentary might just save your life. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
A Song About Ebola
Health Care Workers and Ebola
Sweet Drink Deadly Disease