What would happen if one day the dead rose up, hungry for human flesh and brain? This scenario has played out in movies and books for decades, but science fiction fans aren’t the only ones giving some thought to the zombie apocalypse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), major universities, and even the Department of Defense have plans for the day the dead rise, not because they expect it but because it serves as a useful intellectual exercise for infectious disease and foreign policy. Although international protocols exist to prevent the rapid spread of disease, each country’s individual policies, infrastructure, and interests ultimately decide the course of any outbreak, including zombies.

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