Colin McEnroe Show: Could 'Contagion' Strike Connecticut?

We talk to a consultant for the film and other epidemic experts.

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Colin McEnroe Show: Could 'Contagion' Strike Connecticut?

Which is a worse way to die: the Spanish influenza that nearly killed off Elizabeth McGovern in Downton Abbey, or the respiratory virus that took out Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie Contagion?

They both look terrible, and we're fortunate to live in a time, and in a country, where pandemics seem like other people's problems. But as Hollywood reminds us, there will be another pandemic. Smallpox might be gone, and Americans dont get polio any more, but we have no idea whats on the horizon. And if parents keep opting out of immunizing their children, some of the old diseases might make a comeback.

I'm Mark Oppenheimer, sitting in for Colin McEnroe, who we hope got his shots before jetting off for a globe-trotting vacation.

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E-mail from Caroline

The American Red Cross still refuses to let me give blood, because I lived in the UK for "more than 6 months" in the 1970s-1990s, because of Mad Cow Disease. Is this ridiculous, or not?