Zombie Apocalypse Used to Teach Students About Infectious Diseases

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — It’s finally happening! The much-feared zombie apocalypse becomes a reality today in St. Louis.

It’s all in the name of teaching kids how to protect themselves against infectious diseases.

Dr. Terri Rebmann with St. Louis University’s Institute for Biosecurity will be leading this afternoon’s session for middle- and high-schoolers, a mock exercise in which bio-terrorists have exposed the public to a man-made disease that’s turning people into the walking dead.

“We tell the kids we’re six months into the zombie apocalypse, there is now a vaccine available but its only enough for half of the uninfected individuals,” Dr. Rebmann explained. “There is this brand new medication that’s actually a cure for people who are currently zombies, but we only have enough medication for half of the individuals.”

They discuss who should be vaccinated first and why.

“We actually calculate exactly the extent to which they were exposed, and then they get to decide or see for themselves whether or not they themselves would have become a zombie.”

She says test runs of the concept showed that students were immediately hooked and conducted very serious debates about the ethical implications of who should receive limited supplies of the antidote.

The free event begins at 1:00 p.m at the St. Louis Academy of Science. An optional 3D virtual cadaver lab follows at 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Click here for more information.

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