Fans of the “Walking Dead” series (or just the undead in general) will be happy to know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.
The health organization published a blog post titled, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.”
Here’s what the CDC has to say about it
“If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It's likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated.”
Sounds like pretty standard movie plotline stuff. But there’s an important message here that the CDC is trying to get across: Be prepared.
The organization says you should have an emergency kit for zombies—or tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, et. al. (Apparently they’re all the same from a preparedness standpoint.) You should also pick a meeting place and plan your route of escape.
Or, if you’re like me, plan on giving yourself up quickly to the zombies and getting it over with.
Regardless, it’s a clever way to mask an important message. Well done, CDC.