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Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the movie chronicles the rapid worldwide spread of a deadly airborne virus, the public health response to it and the societal disruption that results. The film has been compared to one of Soderbergh’s earlier films “Traffic,” which explored the illegal drug market through separate storylines and from the perspectives of different players in the drug war. For “Contagion,” the movie’s creators worked to strike a balance between entertainment and accuracy, bringing in experts to consult on the complexities of public health response work and visiting the nation’s public health headquarters at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public health takes such a starring role that W. Ian Lipkin, MD, a scientific consultant to the movie, said that “after watching this film, everyone in public health is going to be a hero…(public health workers) aren’t going to have to explain to their friends and family what it is they do.”

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