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The CDC (the Real One) Publishes Recommendations for a Zombie Apocalypse

When Rick and his fellow survivors arrive at the CDC in Season 1 of The Walking Dead, they find an abandoned building manned by the solitary Dr. Jenner — who’s learned almost nothing about the walker disease, let alone how to cure it. Apparently, the real-life Centers for Disease Control has taken umbrage with the this portrayal of ineffectiveness: This week the agency released a protocol titled “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.

That’s right: The CDC recognizes the imminent threat of an undead uprising, and is here with a plan that includes what “you need to do before zombies… actually happen,” “where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step,” and of course, what the CDC would do to counter the outbreak: “CDC would provide technical assistance… [that] might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine).”

“There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for,” the site warns. As far as the zombie apocalypse is concerned, “You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this.”

Click here to read the complete bulletin on the CDC website.

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