ETV/DHEC program to address pandemic preparations in S.C.

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There are few threats to public health as alarming as a deadly influenza pandemic. Scientists believe one could occur in the near future. There were three in the 20th century alone.

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, South Carolina has been making great strides to prepare itself and other agencies for a possible pandemic stemming from the H5N1 "bird flu" or other virus. The threat seems to have disappeared from the headlines recently, but it remains a significant concern requiring the dedication of more time and effort for preparations.


Now, it's time for citizens to join the process.

On February 19 at 9 p.m., South Carolina ETV will air a 30-minute mini-documentary explaining the threat of a future pandemic and what preparedness steps are being taken across South Carolina. The documentary will be followed by a half-hour discussion among a small panel of experts in their fields. DHEC partnered with ETV to produce this informative program, which will include input from leaders of public health, business, education, emergency management, faith organizations and others. Although these leaders have been at the forefront of preparedness efforts to date, each recognizes the importance of involving every individual.

At 10:00, ETV will rebroadcast the enlightening 1918 pandemic program from its "The American Experience" series. It includes many touching stories from persons who survived, but were directly impacted by, the Spanish flu pandemic during World War I.