Few things on Earth are more frightening than viruses. SARS and West Nile Virus, as well as the impending threat of a worldwide bird flu pandemic, have commandeered scientific resources around the globe. This program follows the front line workers in this war on viruses, their triumphs and defeats, the challenges they face in developing vaccines, and the limitations of this approach. Also explores the new and largely unknown epidemic of chronic diseases, more and more of which are now suspected of being caused by viruses. Profiles biologist Ken Stedman; Dr. Donald Henderson, who helped eradicate the smallpox virus; Steven Jones of Canada's Biosecurity Level 4 Lab in Winnipeg; the WHO's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN); and Jim Laidler, one-time medical doctor and father of two autistic boys, on a personal quest to find the truth behind what causes autism. Discusses the following virus diseases: Smallpox, Marburg fever, AIDS, SARS, Ebola, avian influenza.
Epidemics -- Prevention.
Virology -- Research.
Virus diseases -- History.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Documentary Unit.