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Hot Zones: Introduction (03:14)


This video will examine the link between infectious diseases and environmental changes. There has been an increase in deadly diseases over the last 30 years. (Credits)

Lake Victoria, East Africa (05:06)

The freshwater lake that sustains over 30 million people is the malaria capital of the world; Jose Stoute and Alfred Odindo study the effects of malaria in children. Pollution and over-fishing are destroying the lake ecosystem and many villagers migrate to larger cities.

Nairobi, Kenya (04:16)

Migrants flock to the capital city in search of economic opportunities. Those in shantytowns like Kibera suffer from unemployment, poor sanitation, and deadly diseases. Experts investigate the presence of malaria in Nairobi.

Peruvian Andes (06:54)

International scientists investigate why malaria has become prevalent in the deep jungle; they visit villages that suffer the most fatalities. Economics, health care availability, and behavior contribute to malaria prevalence. Anopheles mosquito infestation occurs in deforested areas.

Iquitos, Peru (02:41)

The city is a center of commerce on the Amazon River and a popular destination for eco-tourists. Shanytown residents suffer from Dengue fever; scientists search for the aedes aegypti mosquito.

Infectious Disease Protection Efforts (06:00)

Workers at Kennedy Airport inspect over 300 flights from around the world every day. In 1999, New York becomes a hot zone for West Nile Virus; dying birds are a signal to begin mosquito control measures. Water borne diseases pose a greater global health threat.

Lima, Peru (06:25)

The capital is home to nearly 9 million people. Slums that surround the city suffer from a lack of water and sanitation, significantly increasing the risk of disease; intestinal infections are common. A cholera epidemic strikes in 1991 and spreads to Mexico.

Villa El Salvador (03:25)

The community exemplifies organizational efforts of the poor to improve infrastructure. Scientists learn why the periodic warming of ocean waters triggers cholera outbreaks.

Bangladesh (07:58)

Every day, thousands of people arrive in Dhaka, straining the city's infrastructure. The river system is an integral part of rural life; cholera outbreaks occur after monsoon season. The building of tube wells results in a public health disaster.

Chesapeake Bay (04:57)

North America's largest estuary that supports almost 300 fish species is showing the effects of pollution. The watermen experience significantly reduced catches and become ill from a variety of microorganisms.

Improving Public Health (02:39)

Experts establish clinics in rural Peruvian villages. Health workers teach women in Bangladesh about sanitation procedures. Vaccine trials are underway in the slums of Dhaka. Medical researchers help eradicate mosquito breeding grounds in Kenya.

Credits: Hot Zones (01:20)

Credits: Hot Zones

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This program shows just how closely our own health is dependent on that of the environment. With the re-emergence of ancient scourges like malaria, cholera, and the recent outbreak of 30 previously unknown diseases, we will closely examine the consequences of altering global and local ecosystems. This episode visits locations around the world where loss of habitat, change in land use, and uncontrolled development have led to increased incidents of infectious disease. Topics include polluted rivers, changing climates, uncontrolled development, as well as focusing on how cutting edge use of remote sensing technologies can enable scientists to predict and possibly control disease outbreaks. Locations include Kenya, Peru, Bangladesh and the United States.

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL210600

Copyright date: ©2005

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