Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)
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Murder Can Be Contagious 

While surfing, Jesse finds a dying man on the beach. Mark knows the symptoms from Guatemala, 1953, as smallpox: fatal, highly contagious and successfully eradicated. The beach house is ... See full summary »

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Norman Briggs (credit only)
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Steve Sloan
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Attorney Clark Easton
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Gayle Wentworth
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Peter
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Ray Dinino (as Wayne Péré)
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Sebastian Dupré
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While surfing, Jesse finds a dying man on the beach. Mark knows the symptoms from Guatemala, 1953, as smallpox: fatal, highly contagious and successfully eradicated. The beach house is quarantined and the beach cleared. An autopsy on the victim Eddy, a thief, shows it's a man-made mutation with an 8 hours incubation period. In his backpack Jesse finds only jewelry, including B.A.L. initialed cuff links belonging to robbed neighbor Brandon Lyndstrom, found murdered at his home, who was the CEO of biological research company Lyndscience. There VP Gayle Wentworth claims the virus could never have left the facility and invokes national security, but indeed all samples are missing from the safe. Jesse tells Mark, whose immunization is outdated, he admires how close he and Steve are, Jesse's dad is barely a rare postcard. Mark calls the FBI, which puts Special Agent Dunleavy on the case with Steve and 'informally' contacts the likely virus fence, Sebastian Dupré, who claims he 'must inquire... Written by KGF Vissers

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26 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Sloan says he hasn't seen his daughter in 6 years. This is kind of a foreshadowing, as his daughter would make an appearance in a future episode. See more »

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While talking Charlie and Dr. Sloan say they each have type O blood. However, they don't say anything about the Rh factor (positive or negative), a potentially fatal issue that doctors wouldn't ignore. See more »

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Dr. Mark Sloan: I've seen that rash before.
Dr. Jesse Travis: Where?
Dr. Mark Sloan: Guatemala, 1952. Smallpox!
Dr. Jesse Travis: Smallpox? That's impossible. It's been extinct for over 30 years.
Dr. Mark Sloan: I know it's impossible but... if we don't contain it, thousands of people could die!
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