epidemic

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Rat Lungworm: What You Need to Know. What You Need to Do.

 

Rat lungworm, a parasite that causes a type of meningitis, has been behind at least 15 reported cases of the rare disease so far this year in Hawai‘i. By comparison, 11 cases were reported last year. Scientists and medical doctors say there have probably been more infections, but milder symptoms are difficult to differentiate from the flu or intestinal virus.

 

Experts say there are indicators that suggest that not only will more people become infected, but the illness will be more severe, as well, potentially leaving permanent nerve damage. What do they know – and what do they not know? How can you lower your risk? Several of the state’s leading experts on rat lungworm will be taking your questions.

 

Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email and via Twitter during the Live Broadcast.

 

Phone Lines:
462-5000 on Oahu or 800-238-4847 on the Neighbor Islands.

 

Email:insights@pbshawaii.org

 

Twitter:
Join our live discussion using #pbsinsights

 

SPILLOVER –
Zika, Ebola & Beyond

 

Investigate the rise of spillover viruses like Zika, Ebola and Nipah that can make the leap from animals to humans. Find out how human behaviors spread diseases and what science can do to anticipate and prevent epidemics around the world.

 

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW
St. Louis – Union Station

 

At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner Party; an Italian American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

 

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW
Boston

 

Join genealogists at iconic Faneuil Hall to solve mysteries related to the Salem Witch Trials, orphan trains, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and the small pox epidemic, and research a link to the founders of Boston.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
What Do We Need to Know About Dengue Fever in Hawai‘i?

 

Since September, at least 145 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed on
Hawai‘i Island, making it one of the biggest outbreaks in state history. The
mosquito-borne virus causes high fevers, headaches, joint pain and rash,
and may require hospitalization. Federal, state and county agencies are
working together to contain the outbreak, but critics say more aggressive
measures are in order.

 

Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email and via Twitter during the Live Broadcast.

 

Phone Lines:
973-1000 on Oahu or 800-238-4847 on the Neighbor Islands.

 

Email:
insights@pbshawaii.org

 

Twitter:
Join our live discussion using #pbsinsights

 

NOVA
Vaccines: Calling the Shots

 

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago – including whooping cough, measles and mumps – are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. Go around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations and discover the risks of opting out.

 

FRONTLINE
Outbreak

 

FRONTLINE presents the vivid, inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late. With exclusive access to key global decision-makers and health responders, and gripping accounts of victims from the slums of Monrovia to the jungles of Guinea, the episode exposes tragic missteps in the response to the epidemic.