Tuesday Teen Recommendations: Virus Hunters

Every week a guest teen reviewer shares a book, movie, or music recommendation. This week's guest post is by Neha, a 9th grader from the Redmond Library. 

Virus Hunters [streaming video]

This short, informational documentary is filled with interesting facts that never cease to surprise. With Dr. Sanjay Gupta who explains the role of different virus researchers around the globe, the viewers are pulled into caves deep underground to rivers in Africa and then straight to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) headquarters in three thorough segments. 

In the caves, we watch as two adventurous investigators observe a group of long-fingered bats who are being examined because they may be possible carriers of zoonotic diseases. This segment involved real footage of the scientists holding a bat and checking its wing for symptoms of the virus. 

Next up is South Africa, where the narrator explains how the Shuni virus was discovered, as a racing horse quickly came down with the ailment. In this segment we see several examples of how mosquitoes cause these viruses to spread, before the final segment provides insight on how the CDC is able to handle these outbreaks. Overall, in the form of a series of narrators sharing their findings, this documentary proves highly enlightening into the world of disease detection.