Having sat in on Ebola prevention task force committees during his practicum, and currently working on the Zika virus outbreak task force, Justin Sorge may just be the person to go to when the zombie virus eventually hits.
As Outbreak Coordinator for the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), Justin works on infectious disease surveillance, including creating provincial reports, as well as project coordination and management, updating websites and production of a bi-monthly newsletter. Justin says it’s exciting to work on an emerging outbreak and be part of containing it, and getting word out about containment and prevention of contraction and transmission.
Justin says his skills lie in being behind the scenes doing the research. He has always been interested in epidemiology and says some of the more administrative tasks such as project management will make him a better epidemiologist.
But following his studies in disease communication and control, he is a little more critical of Hollywood movies and their treatment of disease outbreaks. In fact, SPPH 520 – Control of Communicable Diseases involves watching the movie ‘Contagion’, one of the more accurate films.