Dr. Jenny Blanchard (Paige Turco) and other scientists at the Center for Disease Control are closely watching the outbreak of flu in a small town in Guatemala. Dr. Daniel Rothman (Jason Beghe) is sent to investigate and makes a terrifying discovery. The flu is similar to the Spanish Flu, a strain in 1918 which killed countless millions around the world – a flu which has never been seen again and for which there is no vaccine. Rothman is able to quarantine the villagers but realizes too late that one person is missing – a young woman, Rita, who has begun a trek northward to the United States to join her boyfriend. As the threat of a worldwide epidemic looms, Jenny Blanchard’s research uncovers the only hope for a vaccine – a possibility the flu strain may still be in the bodies of Russian miners who were buried in the frozen Siberian tundra in 1918.
Paige plays a vaccine specialist named Jenny Blanchard, whose family was victim to the Spanish flu epidemic that killed 30 million people in the early part of the 20th century.
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- Based on “The Dead Zone”, a magazine article by Malcolm Gladwell.