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Responding to a distress call, Kira, Dax and Bashir find a planet ravaged by a virus that results only in fatalities...
Bashir's sense of hubris cops a severe reality check here as we watch an allegory of AIDS. Up to this point in the series our good Doctor has only succeeded in everything he's set his mind to... and now he's confronted by something he can't comprehend or understand and it hurts him, and kills dozens of patients in the process...

The worst part of it is, one of the locals who seeks his help and agrees to all of his treatments ends up being killed by him. It takes Dax, with her hundreds of years of experience, to convince him that this is one problem that probably can't be solved.

Thankfully though, in a redeeming feature, after weeks in montage form, Bashir does indeed find a cure for the next generation...
Avery Brooks as Captain Sisko
Nana Visitor as Major Kira
Terry Farrell as Lt. Cmdr Dax
Michael Dorn as Lt. Cmdr Worf
Alexander Siddig as Doctor Bashir
Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien
René Auberjonois as Odo
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Special Guest Star:
Michael Sarrazin

Guest Cast:
Ellen Wheeler
Dylan Haggerty

Written By:
Naren Shankar

Directed By:
René Auberjonois
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