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  • #16
    Re: Contagion, the movie

    Originally posted by LaMenchos View Post
    I also agree. The movie is just a movie and by its very nature designed to make money and entertain; definitely NOT designed to inform, train or educate let alone "prepare" folks for a serious pandemic. Whether folk or government, prepared we sure are not and the movie will probably not contribute to improving this situation in any significant way.
    In doing extensive research on bird flu (novelist), there are two excellent sources of information that can be accessed for input on how to deal with a bird flu outbreak. A book titled, "The Bird Flu Preparedness Planner," by Grattan Woodson is written by a physician who compiles a list of realistic preparations. Also, the Extension Disaster Education Network through Purdue (and several other universities) gives updates on preparedness (link attached).

    http://www.ag.purdue.edu/extension/e...s/default.aspx
    Last edited by Blue Meteor; September 9th, 2011, 10:23 AM. Reason: correct link

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    • #17
      Re: Contagion, the movie

      Live chat transcript with Laurie Garrett and Ian Lipkin.

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      • #18
        Re: Contagion, the movie

        Originally posted by Blue Meteor View Post
        In doing extensive research on bird flu (novelist), there are two excellent sources of information that can be accessed for input on how to deal with a bird flu outbreak. A book titled, "The Bird Flu Preparedness Planner," by Grattan Woodson is written by a physician who compiles a list of realistic preparations. Also, the Extension Disaster Education Network through Purdue (and several other universities) gives updates on preparedness.
        Dr. Woodson has been a contributing member here at FluTrackers since 2006 (link). In that thread there is a link for a manual prepared by Dr. Woodson for home influenza care that can be downloaded for free.
        http://novel-infectious-diseases.blogspot.com/

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        • #19
          Re: Contagion, the movie

          Bird flu: killer lurking in shadows

          5:30 AM Saturday Sep 24, 2011

          In Steven Soderbergh's new bio-thriller, Contagion, the audience is kept guessing about the killer's identity until the final frame.
          ...
          In real life, however, there is little doubt about where the true threat lies.

          "I haven't seen the film yet but bird flu is the real killer lurking in the shadows," says Robert Webster, the world's leading expert on bird flu.

          "Nature has already shown us that there is a virus out there that kills 50 per cent of the people it infects. We ignore it at our peril."

          It is a warning that Webster, a virologist known as the "pope of bird flu", has been sounding for more than 50 years, initially to the scepticism of his peers but to growing respect more recently. The virus that keeps Webster awake at night is H5N1.
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          Webster says we need to know more about wild birds' role in perpetuating viruses in the wild.

          But for now, Soderbergh's film may prove the best way of galvanising action. With its lingering shots of viruses attaching to seemingly innocent objects and its apocalyptic scenes of social breakdown, Contagion has been hailed as a "grown-up bio-thriller for modern times".

          And Webster acknowledges that "to the extent that it may scare people, it could be useful".

          "What people don't appreciate is that H5N1 has already been the cause of a chicken apocalypse.

          Once it learns to go human to human, there'll be no stopping the **** thing."

          Full text:
          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/new...ectid=10753945
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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