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CDC Zombie Blog

It’s 11pm, I’m tired, and I still haven’t written my post.  And so, because I’m feeling a bit punchy, I’m resorting to posting a simple image which served to make me laugh, as well as visit the CDC website, a site which isn’t usually the source if mirth.  According to the Wall Street Journal:

“As of Friday afternoon, the CDC reported the post — advising people to stock up on food and water and first aid supplies to survive a zombie attack — had gotten nearly 1.2 million page views, compared to about 1,000 to 3,000 hits a CDC blog post usually gets over its entire lifespan of 10 days or so.Rear Admiral Khan’s zombie post is currently more popular than the CDC’s homepage, and traffic is “steadily increasing,” the CDC says, adding that “CDC” and “Zombie Apocalypse” were among the top 10 trends on Twitter Thursday.”

Public health messages that get people talking?  Not a bad thing, even if it wakes the undead.



Cynthia Schweer Rayner
Cynthia Schweer Rayner

Cynthia Schweer Rayner is an independent consultant and philanthropy advisor specializing in public health, social entrepreneurship and scalable business models for positive social change. As a recovering management consultant, she spent several months living in South Africa, and later co-founded the US branch of an organization providing support to orphaned and vulnerable children. In 2009, she was an LGT Venture Philanthropy Fellow, working with mothers2mothers (m2m), a multinational non-profit organization employing mothers living with HIV as peer educators to positive pregnant women. She currently works with individuals, companies and nonprofits to finance and develop models for positive change. Cynthia has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in English Literature from Georgetown University. She currently lives in Cape Town and visits New York frequently, where she co-owns a Manhattan-based yoga studio, mang'Oh yoga (