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Connections: When could we see the next flu pandemic?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of what's called the "greatest pandemic in history. -- the 1918 flu virus, also called the Spanish flu. That flu lead to the deaths of between 50 and 100 million people. Many people may think that an outbreak of that magnitude couldn't happen in today's world, but doctors say we are still vulnerable to pandemics.

Our guests discuss when the next worldwide pandemic will strike, what kind of flu strains we might see, and the latest research on flu viruses. In studio:

  • Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at URMC
  • Angela Branche, M.D., assistant professor of Infectious Diseases at URMC
  • Nana Bennett, M.D., professor in the Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at URMC
  • Dave Topham, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology at URMC

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.