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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds JIM BROWN: People are scared, Alex. More are dead. Did you hear about Frank’s wife? People are getting antsy. We’re days away from a full blown riot. So–

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: It’s a strain of bird flu, but the lab tests show several genetic mutations, which means it’s possibly engineered but no one’s coming forward. So–

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 seconds JIM BROWN: So?

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: That’s all we– that’s all I know.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 seconds MARA TSONI: I might have found something.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Thank God.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds MARA TSONI: That blog you sent me, the one you thought was crazy– I did a little digging. The owner of the blog also posted on some forums. In one of these forums, he mentions a secret lab, which he says is connected to Antonia Hardy.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: The University of Mendona. But Hardy? I mean, well, she’s head of research. She’s respected. It–I mean, it’s–

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds MARA TSONI: It’s not unheard of for people to go rogue. What do you think?

Skip to 1 minute and 1 second ALEX PAPOULIAS: I think it’s a little– too little to go on. To 71-3847-3766 if you want to talk.

Skip to 1 minute and 10 seconds MARA TSONI: Didn’t you said they never replied?

Skip to 1 minute and 12 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Yeah.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 seconds ROCHELLE: (ON PHONE) “Megapolis News” office, Rochelle speaking.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Rochelle, it’s Alex. I need a favour.

Skip to 1 minute and 20 seconds ROCHELLE: (ON EARPLUGS) The disease has a 75% fatality rate. Families are being urged to stay inside. Pain might be what they’re going through. But it’s fear that they– many are wondering how could this happen, and why there are no answers.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 seconds COWORKER: Hardy

Skip to 1 minute and 35 seconds REPORTER: (ON TV) What do you think about the allegations, those levelled at your research?

Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds ANTONIA HARDY: (ON TV) People are dying. We’re working on a way to stop that.

Skip to 1 minute and 42 seconds REPORTER: (ON TV) But are the allegations true, Miss Hardy?

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds ANTONIA HARDY: (ON TV) The university is currently suing the owner of that blog for defamation Does that answer your question?

Skip to 1 minute and 50 seconds REPORTER: (ON TV) Do we know who owns the blog?

Skip to 1 minute and 52 seconds COWORKER: What?

Skip to 1 minute and 53 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: We don’t know who runs the blog. She either does, or she doesn’t, but she’s not suing them. [PHONE RINGS] Mara, did you see the news?

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 seconds JOEY ADAMS: (ON PHONE) Is this Alex Papoulias? My name is Joey Adams.

Skip to 2 minutes and 3 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: I’m sorry, I don’t know who that is.

Skip to 2 minutes and 5 seconds JOEY ADAMS: I run “The Truth.”

Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Mute this. Uh, yeah, Joey. Tell me about the secret lab.

Skip to 2 minutes and 13 seconds JOEY ADAMS: (ON PHONE) I used to work at the University. Hardy had this other lab where she would–

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Joey? So what happened at this lab?

Skip to 2 minutes and 20 seconds JOEY ADAMS: (ON PHONE) Rick, don’t do this.

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Joey?

Skip to 2 minutes and 23 seconds JOEY ADAMS: (ON PHONE) You know me, Rick. Please! [GUNSHOT WITH SILENCER]

Skip to 2 minutes and 32 seconds ALEX PAPOULIAS: Go to this address. Find anything you can. Grab Lucy on the way. Get her to find me everything that she can on Joey Adams and Antonia Hardy. Then find every employee at the University of Mendona named Rick or Richard or Ricky.

Skip to 2 minutes and 45 seconds LUCY: This came for you.

Pandemic chapter 3

In this episode of Pandemic we see the epidemic unfolding in Mendona.

Alarming and critical information emerges:

  • The disease has a 75% fatality from the infection… more than expected and more than historical norms for this kind of disease
  • The social and security situation is becoming difficult to manage
  • Health services are overwhelmed
  • Shortages of critical medical and security resources are emerging

As the outbreak progresses, the police receive a break that indicates that this outbreak is potentially not natural but deliberate. Someone calls the police investigation office and says that he worked in a secret lab where the germs have come from and has critical information. The callers' location is traced and police officers are dispatched to investigate.

At this stage in the epidemic, it is worth considering some important questions related to public health preparedness for infectious disease events.

After watching this episode of Pandemic, please discuss the following questions in the comments section below

  • What kind of biological agents could be used deliberately to cause harm?
  • What are the categories of bioterrorism attack?
  • What type of antibiotics should be ready to manufacture or supply to prevent the rate of fatality?
  • How do public health clinicians trace the origin of attack?
  • What facilities are needed to contain/restrict people in an area and assist them to treat and save their lives?

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