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Saturday, October 2, 2004

Medical Investigation: NBC's disease of the week TV Series

The NBC television series Medical Investigation is based on the work of the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers. The EIS works on the front lines of public health to identify and combat the root causes of major epidemics in this country and around the world.

The "disease detectives" at EIS work to locate causes of both known and unknown diseases.

The cases the fictional disease detectives on Medical Investigation see are summarized and documented on the CDC website. Here is a list of the episodes and diseases they have worked on so far:

"Escape" [first broadcast September 24, 2004]
Q fever - caused by Coxiella burnetii.
histoplasmosis - disease caused by a fungus spread through the ventilation system.

"Coming Home" [September 17, 2004]
hantavirus pulmonary syndrome - (HPS) as a possible cause of Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS)

"In Bloom" [September 10, 2004]
• accidentally poisoning by organophosphates, a chemical pesticide
• diet pill containing a tapeworm

Series Preview [September 9, 2004]
Methemoglobinemia - accidental poisoning by sodium nitrate, victims turn blue
• newborn with rare bone disease

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