According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph, a team of researchers from the University of Ottawa have published one of the most important studies of infectious disease control that I’ve ever heard about. (Admittedly, that isn’t a large number.) Part of a book entitled Infectious Diseases Modelling Research Progress, the study indicates that in the event of a certain kind of outbreak, the only answer is to kill the infected. Time to lock and load:

Civilisation would most likely be finished in the event of a zombie outbreak, claim Canadian mathematicians who have calculated the possible devastation caused by an attack by the fictional monsters.

In their study, titled When Zombies Attack!, the researchers picked “classic” slow-moving zombies such as those in Dawn of the Dead as models and divided humanity into three: the living, zombies and the “removed” – zombies who had been killed by decapitation.

They concluded there was no point trying to cure those infected or live with them – the best thing was to destroy them as quickly as possible.

“A zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilisation, unless it is dealt with quickly,” they write in the book

“While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.”

You know what to do: