We know there are micro-pathogens and germs everywhere, even inside us. Some are “good” and others will kill you.
So here’s the bad news. Everything old is new again in the world of bacteria. Meaning, the miracle antibiotic age of the last century is under duress and damned near done according to scientists.
Now PBS has a new documentary which will really open your eyes to how little we know or can control viruses like Zika, which causes birth defects like the ones below.
Spillover – Zika, Ebola & Beyond, will air on PBS on Wednesday, August 3, at 10pm.
The word ‘Spillover’ is the term given to when things like Ebola and countless other deadly viruses are transmitted by wild animals and passed to humans. Essentially this is nature and humanity intersecting at its worst.
Whats behind the rise in spillover viruses? Are the United States and the world prepared to anticipate, contain and prevent the next outbreak?
The film features scientists across Africa, Asia, North America and South America fighting dangerous diseases.
From the 2014 Ebola outbreak to the current Zika crisis, there are all kinds of threats.
This will keep you up at night: About 70 percent of the emerging infections surfacing over the last several decades are ”zoonotic” in nature, meaning they are carried by animals like mosquitoes, bats, rodents and monkeys, which can then jump species to infect humans.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said: “We cant keep America safe from outbreaks without improving the ability of the world to find and stop outbreaks when and where they emerge.”
Spillover – Zika, Ebola & Beyond, premieres Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at 10pm ET on PBS.