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Are we ready for the next pandemic?

January 14, 2014

Unlike the seasonal flu virus, “the pandemic influenza virus can cause severe complications, such as pneumonia and death in people who were otherwise healthy. For unknown reasons, influenza pandemics generally occur three to four times a century” (source: Public Health Agency of Canada). In fact, pandemics of various kinds have killed more people than all wars combined. Now… are we ready for the next one?

Videos from RRC Library

With the H1N1 business in the news lately, perhaps you want to delve further into the subject. Check out the videos below to learn about pandemics and get a glimpse of what a modern scenario would look like.

Outbreak: anatomy of a plague / National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel Canada, Radio-Canada Television.

Outbreak: anatomy of a plague / National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel Canada, Radio-Canada Television.

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

Juxtaposing a 21st-century scenario against the 1885 smallpox epidemic in Montreal, Outbreak features interviews with leading experts to trace the possible trajectory of a modern plague.

(2010, 86 min.)

 

 

 

 

 

Killer flu / Educational Broadcasting Corp.

Killer flu / Educational Broadcasting Corp.

Killer Flu

Discusses the 1918 flu pandemic, its deadly consequences and the possibility that a similar strain could occur today.

(2004, 60 min.)

 

 

 

 

Black dawn: the next pandemic / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Black dawn: the next pandemic / Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Black Dawn: the Next Pandemic

Features leading epidemiologists, doctors and emergency planners who envisage the impact of avian flu spreading around the world. The scenario is a fictional account, but based on scientific fact and actual research and pandemic preparedness efforts.

(2006, 52 min.)

 

 

 

If you have any questions or want to find related media on the subject, please contact Media Services at the Notre Dame Campus Library at media@rrc.ca or 204-632-2231.