Until now we’ve only had speculation and “what-if” scenarios. Never a peep from any government. Government scientists sit there, playing in their labs with the deadliest of viruses. Mutating them to the point of non-recognition. Trying to create the most horrible bio-weapons. Well we all know that one day, that will be a big, big mistake.
That has now changed, the government is speaking up. Maybe it’s a pre-emptive release before WikiLeaks gets to them. Or perhaps the outbreak has already begun. The Centers for Disease Control posted this week on their blog a comprehensive article on preparing for the inevitable Zombie attack.
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. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).
So the CDC has a Zombie virus emergency plan. To me that’s like them saying the virus has already begun to spread. So I’m going out today to pick up two things I’ve been putting off for way too long.
For a more rational blog post covering this topic. Check out Steve’s recent post on NeuroLogica about the Zombie Apocalypse.