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Friday, September 16, 2011

Contagion imagines a deadly global epidemic, but scientists say it could actually happen - 16th Sept 2011

Hollywood blockbusters are not known for their accuracy in the field of science - especially when it comes to films about killer diseases.

Most rely on baffling words and pure fantasy to explain unlikely turns of events, a fact that usually leaves scientists cringing.

But according to the scientific community a movie that opened last week is different, and has actually drawn praise for being credible.

That, considering it's about a fictional global epidemic driven by a new kind of virus, is quite worrying.

Scientists in Atlanta have said what happens in the number one box office hit Contagion, although unlikely, could actually happen.

The thriller features Gwyneth Paltrow who dies of an infectious disease which spreads across the world in just a few days and is later found to have jumped from animals to humans.

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

Laura Gieraltowski, an expert in foodborne illnesses, added: 'It was very accurate.

'It kind of made us all chuckle because there were things that we thought only people at CDC might get.' Read More