Pandemic: A Horizon Guide (2009)

Film details

  • Featuring

    Mike Leahy

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year

    2009

  • Type

    Television

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Synopsis

In the wake of the swine flu outbreak, virologist Dr Mike Leahy uses over 50 years of BBC archive to explore the history of pandemics - infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. Dr Leahy tells the extraordinary story of smallpox, one of the most violent killers in history, as well as the success of mass vaccination and the global politics of malaria. Through the lens of television the programme charts our scientific progress from the early steps in understanding AIDS to the code-cracking of SARS and deadly predictions of bird flu. ©BBC publicity.

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