(Docu-drama 23 x 60 min)
Diagnosis: Unknown is a scripted reality series featuring the best doctors and scientists in the world. From cardiac surgeons on the front lines of heart surgery, to epidemiologists struggling to root out the cause of a deadly epidemic, you’ll see the world of medicine as you’ve never seen it before. Discover how strange and rare diseases are identified on the brink of global outbreak. Experience the tension of crucial, but experimental surgery. See state-of-the-art procedures that are changing lives forever.
Each one-hour episode of Diagnosis: Unknown will focus on one case, one person, and the dedicated team of medical professionals who struggle from crisis to attempted cure. As with any story about medicine, there is always a larger issue. Public health policy reaches into each of our homes, regardless of race, gender or economic status. The failure of one parent to vaccinate a child can lead to disaster. The under-funding of rare disease research can result in thousands of needless deaths. The controversy generated by conflicting medical opinions can leave patients frustrated, angry and worse. Behind every case there is a story, and behind every story is a medical issue that could affect us all.
Episode 13 – Flesh Eater
When an unpredictable germ terrifies Texas in 1998, the CDC and health officials alert all neighboring states and territories to be on the lookout for streptococcus outbreak, the same bacteria that causes strep throat. This new strain, however, will kill 33 people, causing flesh-eating viruses, introducing deadly toxins into the blood and introducing pneumonia. Before the bacteria is contained, physicians from the United States and Canada will have to work together to fight the deadly strain.