This past weekend, I rewatched a movie that I would not have originally classified as public health related, but it really is. To what film am I referring? Cabin Fever. The name even suggests its public health relevance, but when I saw this movie when it first came out in 2002, it was marketed as more of a horror flick. I remembered it as such. But in fact, it's more of an infectious disease thriller.
The movie tells the story of five college friends that rent a cabin in the woods for a week. Before they get there, it's clear that there is some infectious pathogen lurking in the woods; a local farmer is seen coming across infected animals. Our group of friends arrives during the early stages of an outbreak. One of them comes across the now infected and contagious farmer, and the disease quickly spreads.
Book: Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
Author: Mark Pendergrast
Note: I've just finished part one (p.1-106) of the book, The Grand Adventures of Dr. Langmuir's Boys (1951-1970).
I'm adding this book to the Let's Talk Public Health reading list for all of the infectious disease and shoe-leather epidemiology enthusiasts out there.