The left-hand side here comes from the Web site of the Centers for Disease Control. As I type this, it can be found on the zombie preparedness section of

The right-hand side, looking at some of the issues arising in the handling of Ebola in the United States, is another illustration of how well that agency's priorities are in order. The figure 110 was current at the time of writing, which made things a bit easier.

CDC has a fun way of teaching about emergency preparedness. Our graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace, or school ready before disaster strikes. Click on the image below to view the novella. A transcript can be found by clicking on the "accessible text" PDF. You can also download the novella on Google books here or download a printable pdf versions here.


Liberian guy Thomas Eric Duncan ended up bringing Texas Ebola (once 'Zaire ebolavirus'). When his high fever perplexed a hospital, no national procedure was in place.

Lacking proper mask, whole gowns, and good gloves, nurse Nina Pham treated 'patient zero' and got his disease. He died.

Centers for Disease Control director Dr Thomas Frieden blamed a 'breach in protocol'. Angry health workers (110, and pet dogs, are now isolated) told union people a sloppy agency with the job to perfectly control infection breached 'basic principles', 'cross-contaminating between patients'.

They allowed a second nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, to take a commercial flight; see family; and, after reporting a fever, fly right back. Passengers were later alerted.

Duncan's girlfriend ended up waiting weeks for folks to remove vomity/poopy bedsheets.

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