Zombie Attack Imminent? The Center for Disease Control is Ready


When the dead return to walk the earth, how will the Center for Disease Control respond? In a blog post, the agency explains: 

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.

(Via Gawker.)

In D.C., any zombie horde that attempted an invasion without the proper demonstration permits would probably be shut down by the Park Service. 

Zombie politics are surprisingly complicated, but Reason's Tim Cavanaugh has been on on the beat for a while.