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ABC's "Runaway Virus"

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Had the flu yet? Are you worried about it? You will be if you watch ABC-TV's "Runaway Virus" starring Paige Turco ("NYPD Blue") and Jason Beghe ("Picket Fences"). Airing Saturday, Jan. 29, at 9 p.m., the made-for-TV movie is about a deadly flu virus that threatens to reach pandemic proportions. The only cure lies inside the bodies of Russian miners who were buried beneath the frozen tundra of Siberia in 1918. Turco plays Dr. Jenny Blanchard. She and other scientists at the CDC are watching a flu outbreak in a small town in Guatemala. Beghe plays Dr. Daniel Rothman, who makes a terrifying discovery: The flu is similar to the 1918 strain that killed millions. And wouldn't you know it: One person is missing from the village, a young woman who is headed toward the U.S. to join her boyfriend. Soon, people who come in close contact with her begin to die. Blanchard's research uncovers the only hope for a vaccine — a possibility that the flu strain may still be in the bodies of Russian miners who were buried in Siberia in 1918. But even if the flu strain is found, no one knows if a vaccine can be created in time to save mankind. Jeff Bleckner ("Rear Window") directs a story written by Perri and David

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