Amid global concerns about the swine flu epidemic, the RTÉ Television Archive Unit launches a new series. OUTBREAK tells the human stories behind disease outbreaks in Ireland over the last one hundred years. It also includes stories of physical damage traced to drug and other treatments.
Over six themed programmes, OUTBREAK talks to survivors of 'Spanish' influenza, polio and tuberculosis. There are interviews with fathers who lost their daughters to measles, with those struggling with the legacy of Thalidomide, and to people living with HIV.
The series begins with the Killer Flu of 1918-also known as the 'Spanish' or Black Flu.