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Yahoo: Scientists say film 'Contagion' is for real

 
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Yahoo: Scientists say film 'Contagion' is for real
Yes, it could happen. But it's a stretch.

"Contagion," a Hollywood thriller that opened last weekend, rocketed to No. 1 at the box office through its gripping tale of a fictional global epidemic driven by a new kind of virus. Audiences have gasped in horror at what happens to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Before it was out, the movie made real-life disease investigators anxious, too, though for a different reason: They had worried the filmmakers would take so many artistic liberties with the science that the result would be an incredible movie that was ... not credible.

Well, cue the applause.

"It's very plausible," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would investigate such an outbreak.

A new virus jumping from animals to humans? Nothing fictional about that. Global spread of a disease in a few days? In this age of jet travel, absolutely. A societal meltdown if things get bad? Plan on it.



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Re: Yahoo: Scientists say film 'Contagion' is for real
I saw the movie last Saturday and it did seem like it's something that could happen.
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Re: Yahoo: Scientists say film 'Contagion' is for real
Saw it Saturday - great movie and very, very realistic.
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