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Pandemic chapter 3

Pandemic chapter 3
12.2
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–
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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–
27.7
JIM BROWN: So?
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ALEX PAPOULIAS: That’s all we– that’s all I know.
35.2
MARA TSONI: I might have found something.
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ALEX PAPOULIAS: Thank God.
37.8
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.
50.1
ALEX PAPOULIAS: The University of Mendona. But Hardy? I mean, well, she’s head of research. She’s respected. It–I mean, it’s–
58.4
MARA TSONI: It’s not unheard of for people to go rogue. What do you think?
61.4
ALEX PAPOULIAS: I think it’s a little– too little to go on. To 71-3847-3766 if you want to talk.
69.6
MARA TSONI: Didn’t you said they never replied?
71.5
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Yeah.
73.1
ROCHELLE: (ON PHONE) “Megapolis News” office, Rochelle speaking.
75.8
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Rochelle, it’s Alex. I need a favour.
80.1
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.
94.6
COWORKER: Hardy
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REPORTER: (ON TV) What do you think about the allegations, those levelled at your research?
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ANTONIA HARDY: (ON TV) People are dying. We’re working on a way to stop that.
102.2
REPORTER: (ON TV) But are the allegations true, Miss Hardy?
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ANTONIA HARDY: (ON TV) The university is currently suing the owner of that blog for defamation Does that answer your question?
110.4
REPORTER: (ON TV) Do we know who owns the blog?
112.3
COWORKER: What?
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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?
120.2
JOEY ADAMS: (ON PHONE) Is this Alex Papoulias? My name is Joey Adams.
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ALEX PAPOULIAS: I’m sorry, I don’t know who that is.
125.2
JOEY ADAMS: I run “The Truth.”
126.6
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Mute this. Uh, yeah, Joey. Tell me about the secret lab.
132.5
JOEY ADAMS: (ON PHONE) I used to work at the University. Hardy had this other lab where she would–
137.6
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Joey? So what happened at this lab?
140.3
JOEY ADAMS: (ON PHONE) Rick, don’t do this.
142.1
ALEX PAPOULIAS: Joey?
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JOEY ADAMS: (ON PHONE) You know me, Rick. Please! [GUNSHOT WITH SILENCER]
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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.
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LUCY: This came for you.
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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