Emerging diseases : prions and viruses

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  • In an increasingly global society, disease outbreaks are on the rise-and so is the need for epidemiology expertise. This program introduces students to vital information regarding the transmission, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, vectors, prevention, and control of several communicable diseases. Students receive vital information on zoonotic diseases such as SARS, Rift Valley fever, and avian influenza, including steps typically taken to manage and mitigate the spread of these illnesses. Creutzfeld-Jacob disease is also discussed. An experienced virology specialist discusses the science behind each of these diseases and current efforts to combat them.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 03, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Closed-captioned.


  • Emergent Diseases (4:00) -- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) (2:44) -- Diagnosis and Symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (3:26) -- Zoonotic Diseases: Animals to Humans (4:43) -- Avian Influenza (2:29) -- Bird Flu: Global Disease (3:32) -- Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (6:37)
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