'Contagion' checkup

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2011 - 2:35 PM

Could it happen here? We get a second opinion from two disease detectives.

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jarlmnSep. 9, 1111:11 AM

As Osterholm would certainly tell us, it is not a question of COULD it happen, it is only a matter of time and convergence of circumstances. *cough* *cough*

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rgaskinSep. 10, 1110:08 AM

The comingling of the duck (avian virus source), pig (the avian/human virus mixer), and humans (new virus test subject) are the perfect laboratory for a virus to try different combinations for lethality. SARS was just a low morbidity preview. We should maintain or expand funding to the CDC and State Health Departments.

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dancemonkeySep. 13, 1112:17 PM

THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL CRITICIZED THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION'S ACTIONS ON H1N1 - The notion that only some fringe conspiracy theorists would suggest the World Health Organization’s actions on pandemic outbreaks is heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry is ridiculous. One need look no further than the University of Minnesota’s own Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy to find references to this fact. Here is a direct quote from their site: “An article published by the British Medical Journal says three scientists who helped frame World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on pandemic influenza preparedness had consulted for pharmaceutical companies that stood to profit from the WHO guidance and that the WHO did not disclose the scientists' industry ties.” That particular article was written by the BMJ’s features editor, Deborah Cohen, and Philip Carter, a journalist with the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/jun0410conflict.html

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wjtolbertSep. 13, 11 7:02 PM

I saw the movie. I expected more panic and mayhem. As far as realistic, I think they did a good job. Unbelievable was the fact that they found vaccine so soon and were able to produce, distribute and administrate it in a relatively short period of time. They also touched on the fact that the vaccine didn't go through the necessary trials, etc. THAT was believable.

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mnmaggiemnSep. 25, 1111:14 AM

How is this a wellness article, seems more like entertainment. I felt like I was reading an advertisement and thanks for potentially ruining the movie for me. Too much info given and Ive been told how this would probably never happen soooo the whole movie, I, myself, will be looking for all those impossible details. Oh and yea its a 2 hour movie of course things will work faster than in real life...

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