Disease Hunters - S1E1: The Viral Menace
While scientists and organisations worldwide race to find a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 to end the global pandemic, many others researchers are rushing to investigate over a million microbes; any one of which could become infectious and spark the next deadly epidemic. Researchers have devoted their careers to uncovering outbreaks, looking for mutations of existing diseases and watching out for brand-new pathogens. They study viruses, bacteria and mosquito-borne diseases. Either in the field or in the lab, their work has often gone unnoticed and their warnings unheeded. But the spotlight is now back on their efforts to protect humanity from a wide array of killers. They are the Disease Hunters, and our future depends on their success. Asia contains many of the world's hotspots for new diseases that could crossover and infect humans and tropical Singapore is one of South-East Asia's leading centres for infectious disease research and innovation...
What may bring the next pandemic? This 3-part series features “Disease Hunters” on the frontlines as they identify, study or kill infectious diseases, vectors and microbes. It stars leading scientists from Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Japan, Philippines, Iceland, India, UK and USA, and highlights international collaboration and data-sharing as scientists seek to keep pace with potential pathogens. The series also connects today’s outbreaks with historical epidemics and explores factors that may accelerate future outbreaks like human-animal interactions, drug resistance, climate change, urbanisation and globalisation. Through cinematic medical animations, it shows the unseen operations of viruses, bacteria and mosquito-borne diseases, vaccines, antibiotics, bacteriophages and monoclonal antibodies. Diseases discussed include COVID-19 coronavirus, influenza, H1N1 swine flu, polio, superbugs, tuberculosis, malaria and dengue.