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Contagion Movie: Fact and Fiction in Film

You've heard about Contagion; now get the facts about outbreak investigations from real-life CDC disease detectives. On Friday, September 16th, join CDC expert Dr. Jennifer McQuiston for a LIVE Twitter chat to learn first-hand how CDC investigates deadly diseases and protects against their spread.

Then on Monday, September 19th, talk with some of CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers. Kate Winslet plays one in Contagion –learn more about what it's really like to be an EIS officer!

Want to join the conversation? Follow #CDCcontagion during the chat. If you can't participate during the event, you can still submit questions in advance to @CDCgov (include the #CDCcontagion hashtag) or on CDC's Facebook page at any time before the event.

Photo: Lab technicianIn the last two years, CDC has sent scientists and doctors out more than 750 times to respond to health threats. A new movie called Contagion is showing on screens nationwide. Parts of the movie were filmed at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and CDC scientists were consulted for their help in making the movie as scientifically accurate as possible. While the movie is a work of fiction, the real-life stories of CDC’s elite Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) are just as exciting as the story on the screen.

Check out the links below to learn more about the work of a real-life disease detective, why CDC works globally to keep Americans safe at home, work and play, and what you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community.

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