Over the last half century, a number of diseases have spilled over from animals to humans with increasing frequency. What's behind the rise in spillover diseases? What can we do to stop them?
PBS documentary Spillover — Zika, Ebola & Beyond, produced by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, is a harrowing documentary 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. The film extends to the new frontiers of disease detection, prevention, and containment, and travels the world with virus hunters who are tracking old enemies while vigilantly looking out for new foes.
A discussion after the screening hosted by BBC correspondent and television presenter Jane O'Brien will focus on Zika and how scientists have tracked the disease globally and locally, how the disease affects people and what we need to know to help manage and prevent an outbreak in DC and beyond.
Vanessa van der Linden, M.D., Neuropediatrician, Association for Assistance of Disabled Children, AACD, Recife, Brazil; Barão de Lucena Hospital, HBL, Recife, Brazil, the first to recognize the severity and extent of the Zika outbreak on newborn children in Brazil.
Anthony Fauci, M.D., Immunologist, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Yvonne-Marie Linton, Ph.D., Research Entomologist, Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit
LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H., Director, DC Department of Health