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The Pet Doctor - Episode 211 Predicting Contagions: Science Fiction or Science Fact

May 11, 201538 min
I’m not much for scary movies so when I went to see the 2011 film Contagion starring Gwyneth Paltrow, I didn’t expect to be as terrified as I was. A simple dinner in a far away land lead to a worldwide disease outbreak that makes the 2014 Ebola outbreak look like a mild flu season. It would be comforting to think that it was just a movie, it could never happen in the real life. Sadly, viral diseases that affect our pets, canine influenza, our dinner, Avian Influenza, and our lives, SARS and MERS are too commonly featured on the nightly news.

How can you stop something that is smaller than a bacteria and antibiotics are helpless against? My guest, Dr. Jonna Mazet, Director of the One Health Institute at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will tell us how veterinarians have partnered with doctors, health workers and hunters to protect the health of all of us.

Questions or comments? Email Dr. Cruz at: thepetdoctor@petliferadio.com.

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