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NOVA; KILLER DISEASE ON CAMPUS

07/17/2002

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Series
NOVA
Program
KILLER DISEASE ON CAMPUS
Program Number

2909K1

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

Every year in the U.S., 3,000 people are struck down by a potentially lethal bacterial infection that attacks mainly children under five years old and teenagers. Now the disease may be on the rise on college campuses. Commonly known as meningococcal meningitis, it strikes quickly and unexpectedly; symptoms can be so vague and unspecific in the early stages that no alarm bells sound until it's too late. From feeling slightly unwell, a victim may have multi- system failure in hours. Few other life-threatening infections can spread so rapidly. NOVA's special looks at the signs that can signal the disease and how doctors throughout the world are attempting to combat what has become, in some countries, a scourge of epidemic proportions. It also questions why more is not being done in the U.S. to vaccinate those at highest risk, such as college students, to prevent needless death and suffering.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; KILLER DISEASE ON CAMPUS,” 07/17/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 7, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D831D995533E452381B635562CF23171.
MLA: “NOVA; KILLER DISEASE ON CAMPUS.” 07/17/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 7, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D831D995533E452381B635562CF23171>.
APA: NOVA; KILLER DISEASE ON CAMPUS. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D831D995533E452381B635562CF23171
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