Presumably you’ve been practicing your cardio, the Double Tap, and wearing your seatbelt in preparation for the inevitable zombie apocalypse—hey, those Mayans didn’t say HOW the world was gonna end in 2012—but we can all breathe a little easier now with the knowledge that the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention also has a plan in place. Granted, the CDC’s suggestions sound a lot like its suggestions for non-zombie events like natural disasters or a flu outbreak—stock up on water, food, medication, first aid supplies, etc., and come up with an emergency plan—almost as if it were trying to make light of the very real zombie threat to remind people to be prepared for other, un-undead disasters. It doesn’t even bother to recommend a baseball/cricket bat, lead pipe, and/or boomstick in its survival kit suggestions!

But the blog post does go into some detail about how the CDC will respond: “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).” So, fear not: The zombie horde may soon be scraping at your door, but as long as you have lots of bottled water, you can probably wait it out while the CDC consults and analyzes the problem.


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