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"You know what this place is?! We protected the public from very nasty stuff! Weaponized smallpox! Ebola strains that could wipe out half the country! Stuff you don’t want getting out! Ever!"
—Dr. Jenner shouting at the group about the CDC.[src]

The Center for Disease Control, abbreviated as CDC, is a building within Atlanta, Georgia that the survivors attempt to reach in Episode 5 of Season 1, "Wildfire", in a desperate attempt to obtain assistance and aid from the government.


Atlanta, Georgia

The CDC was responsible for protecting public health and safety by providing information to enhance health decisions, and it promotes health through partnerships with state health departments and other organizations. It also houses some of the world's deadliest and rarest infectious diseases such as Smallpox. The facility was also operating on advanced computer technology where an Artificial Intelligence named Vi was partly in control of some building systems and functions. In the event of a power loss, back-up generators located on the basement level use fuel to keep the facility running while conserving power, Vi, will shut down all non-essential systems and computers. However, in the event of a major power loss or terrorist attack, high-impulse thermobaric (HIT's) fuel-air explosives are released which produces a blast wave of significantly greater power and duration than any other known explosive except nuclear. This is an extreme measure to protect the public and ensure that no infectious diseases escape the facility.


Season 1

"Days Gone Bye"

The CDC is mentioned by Morgan and his son when they speak with Rick saying during the initial evacuation, the center was used as a evacuation site.


After the devastating zombie attack on the camp that killed several campers, the remaining survivors decide to leave camp, declaring the area unsafe. Before leaving, there was much speculation on where to head for. It was either the CDC in the city or Fort Benning, an army base 125 miles away from Atlanta, Georgia. Ultimately, it was agreed they'd go to the center, although Morales and his family decided to head for family in Birmingham, Alabama instead. The survivors reach the complex, where the outside is filled with hundreds of dead bodies, civilians and soldiers alike. The U.S. Military tried to protect the building as much as possible since it was vital on developing a cure to the disease. Upon approaching the building, some zombies begin to rise, spreading panic, since the doors of the building are locked and won't budge. They are about to leave when Rick sees the camera move and lashes out at it, demanding for the doors to open. The survivors are terrified now as it is getting darker and zombies are approaching until suddenly the door opens, thanks to Dr. Edwin Jenner, who is inside.


Jenner reveals to the group that he is the only remaining member of staff at the CDC. He mentions that when walkers began to overrun Atlanta, many of the CDC workers left to be with their families. When the Military protection of the CDC was overrun, many of the remaining doctors ran. The remaining doctors at the CDC eventually committed suicide until the Jenners and only a handful of other scientists remained. Candace Jenner was eventually infected, her death recorded, and her life ended. Jenner does not disclose the information on how the remaining doctors eventually "left" the CDC. Jenner and the other doctors had remained in contact with presumably other governmental agencies until the communication network broke down roughly a month after the outbreak. Afterwards, Jenner continued to broadcast progress reports to anyone still listening in a lonely, hopeless manner. At the same time of the loss of communications, the power grid crashed, leaving the CDC to run on generators. It is likely that around this time that the French announced that they were close to a solution for Wildfire. They unfortunately lost power before they could continue.

Dr. Jenner was a scientist working with samples in order to find a cure. On Day 64, after constantly working to try and discover a cure, he is in the lab when he accidentally tips a vial over, causing a corrosive toxic smell. Vi notes the poor air quality and calls for an immediate full scale decontamination. Unfortunately, during the decontamination, it destroys the valuable samples (TS-19) Dr. Jenner needed which sent him into despair, in which he decides to get drunk on wine before committing suicide, until he sees other survivors outside and (after some hesitation) lets them in.

Dr. Jenner discusses his findings about the outbreak and the disease. He shows an MRI of his wife, Candace, as Test-Subject 19 since she was infected and what the result of the infection was. After much discussion, Dale notices a digital clock that appears to be counting down. The clock counts down to the amount of fuel still left in the basement generators attempting to keep the facility running. When the clock hits zero, a facility wide full decontamination occurs in order to keep the viruses and diseases housed within the CDC from spreading.

Rick and most of the survivors scramble to try and find a way out. Carol points out to Rick that when he first got to camp, she washed his uniform and found an army grenade inside his pocket. She hands it over to Rick and he uses it to blow open a window. Everyone runs out towards the vehicles just as the facility explodes.





TV Series

Season 1


  • It appears that CDC actually has incredible level of technology, as Edwin Jenner is seen working with microscope capable of viewing DNA, on a level that no known modern technology is capable of, even having the base pair links visible.
  • The building shown as the CDC is actually the Cobb Energy Center, which is a performing arts center in Atlanta.
  • In the final explosion, the building itself acts as a massive Thermobaric weapon. This ensures complete and unequivocal destruction of the building and everything inside. As planned, this includes the weaponized smallpox and ebola strains mentioned by the doctor.
  • By following Jenner's video logs, it appears the CDC building can survive a total of 65 days of being disconnected from the city's main power grid given the amount of emergency fuel stored in the building.
  • While it doesn't appear directly, several flyers for a CDC safe zone in Atlanta can be seen in the Video Game, specifically around the Highway Overpass in "Long Road Ahead" and on a table in Fivel's Mansion in "Around Every Corner".
Organizations (TV Series)
Linden County Sheriff's DepartmentKing County Sheriff's DepartmentCenter for Disease ControlFederal Emergency Management AgencyU.S. MilitaryMert County Department of Public WorksMert County Sheriff's DepartmentWest Georgia Correctional FacilityAtlanta Police Department
TV Series Locations
Season 1 Interstate 85Gas StationKing County, GeorgiaRoute 18Harrison Memorial HospitalKing County ParkRick's NeighborhoodGrimes Family HomeDrake Family HomeKing County Sheriff's DepartmentSiggard Family FarmAtlanta Survivor CampAtlanta, GeorgiaThe LabBradbury'sAtlanta Construction SiteAtlanta SewersAtlanta BridgeAtlanta Nursing HomeFort BenningCenter for Disease Control
Season 2 Atlanta, GeorgiaGrady Memorial HospitalFort BenningVehicle Jammed HighwaySouthern Baptist Church of Holy LightGreene Family FarmCranwall High SchoolKing County, GeorgiaKing County Elementary SchoolHarrison Memorial HospitalHouseDeserted TownsThe Carriage BarSteve's PharmacyWiltshire EstatesPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaWashington, D.C.Mert County, GeorgiaMert County Department of Public WorksAtlantic CoastElders Mill Road
Season 3 HouseWest Georgia Correctional FacilityGeneral StoreSportman's Deer CoolerWoodbury, GeorgiaGovernor's ApartmentWoodbury Community ClinicWoodbury Research FacilityNational Guard CampWoodbury Walker PitsWoodbury ArenaHermit's ShackVerlin's Feed & Seed Co.Daycare CenterRoadside StoresYellow Jacket CreekJacksonville, FloridaStone Mountain, GeorgiaKing County, GeorgiaKing County Sheriff's DepartmentMorgan's HideoutKing County Baby StoreKing County CaféGrantville MillMotelBig Jake's Bar and Grill
Season 4 West Georgia Correctional FacilityBig SpotClara's CampMacon, GeorgiaBig Tony's Express MartFort Valley State UniversityNeighborhoodTuscany Family HomeNational Guard CampWoodbury, GeorgiaDeserted TownsApartment BuildingRetirement HomeMartinez's CampFort BenningCabinForest CampJoe & Joe Jr.'s BBQ ShackNeighborhoodPine Vista Country ClubMoonshine ShackFuneral HomeHouseTerminusTrain TunnelGarage
Season 5 TerminusCabinSt. Sarah's ChurchDeserted TownsGun StoreMcQuarrie Family Services Food Bank and Thrift StoreHunter's SchoolHouston, TexasGrocery StoreBook StoreGetz Fire DepartmentWest Georgia Correctional FacilityNeighborhoodTuscany Family HomeWhalen Law Firm LLPInterstate 85Atlanta, GeorgiaTemporary Housing FacilityAtlanta BridgeGrady Memorial HospitalAtlanta WarehouseAtlanta FEMA SiteShirewilt EstatesBarnWashington, D.C.Supply RoomAlexandria Safe-ZoneVega Zeta Solar Distribution GroupWoodlands Mall Construction SiteDel Arno Foods
Season 6 Alexandria Safe-ZoneQuint Materials Company Road Base QuarryRed Rendezvous PointYellow Rendezvous PointRendon Equipment SalesDeserted TownsPet StoreFeed StoreAlleywayKing County, GeorgiaMorgan's HideoutMorgan's CampEastman's CabinEastman's CemeteryAlexandria SewerBurnt Out ForestA.A. Pattrick Fuel Co. DepotSunrise Auto InsuranceBridgeAntique ShopCobblestonesGreen Rendezvous PointSorghum BarnGas StationBarnOffice BuildingHilltop ColonySatellite OutpostSlaughterhouse OutpostBullet Factory OutpostEdison Apothecary and BoutiqueViskocil Public LibrarySaviors' RoadblockStanton Quilting Co.Savior Clearing
Season 7 Savior ClearingSaviors' RoadblockAlexandria Safe-ZoneKingdom CottageThe KingdomDeserted TownsPig CorralKingdom-Savior Drop-Off PointThe SanctuaryHilltop ColonyAtlantic CoastBridgeOceanside Cabin Motor CourtGift ShopBullet Factory OutpostHouseboatRichard's CacheJunkyardDwight's HouseChilton High SchoolCar Lot
Season 8 Alexandria Safe-ZoneHilltop ColonyThe SanctuaryDeserted TownsGas StationPaze Industrial ResearchSatellite OutpostShephard Office PlazaSavior CompoundChemical Plant OutpostThe KingdomJunkyardOceanside Cabin Motor CourtAlexandria SewerCabinThe SwampLewis Medical SuppliesMama's Country Show ClubBullet Factory OutpostRoss' FarmAmbush FieldDwight's House
Season 9 Alexandria Safe-ZoneThe SanctuaryRoute AWashington, D.C.Smithsonian MuseumDufresne County, VirginiaRoute BBridgeRoute DHilltop ColonyBridge CampLumber YardPort CityHallowbrant Outreach RecoveryJunkyardIntersectionHarrison Memorial HospitalAtlanta, GeorgiaRoute 18Cardille Family CabinGreene Family FarmCRM Pick-Up SpotThe KingdomDeserted TownsJed's CampDaryl's CampMagna's RigWater TowersFactoryPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaBarnHilltop CabinCemeteryCovered BridgeSavior ClearingExpress Yourself MenswearBaltimore, MarylandBaltimore ShelterCoalportJones SpringsRoyal CinemaWhisperers' CampApartment BuildingPurification PlantMilton Charles School for the GiftedAlpha's RavineThe Whisperer BorderAlpha's Barn
Season 10 Atlantic CoastOceanside Cabin Motor CourtAlexandria Safe-ZoneThe Whisperer BorderSatellite Crash SiteAlpha's RavineSecond LivesWhisperers' CampDeserted TownsParking GarageThe Deeper PlaceBarnett AcademyCabinHilltop ColonyBus TerminalAlpha's BarnLibraryAlpha's CaveGas StationRendezvous CabinHilltop CabinNegan's Decoy ShedNegan's CabinBloodsworth IslandKing County, GeorgiaStone Mountain, GeorgiaSatellite OutpostSavior ClearingBoat 672West Georgia Correctional FacilityGrand HotelThe TowerMid-Atlantic CityJuanita's ApartmentFleetwood Drive MinefieldBike GarageSouthern Train YardRendezvous Point BKnoxville CommunityBeach CabinParking LotBurned Down CabinDaryl's CampLeah's CabinMini MartWater TowersWarehouseAmbush FieldValak's Viper BarSmith Family HomeReeton Healthcare ClinicCumberland Hospital
Season 11 Fort ConnorsAlexandria Safe-ZoneWashington, D.C.Subway TunnelCommonwealth Detainment CenterWall of the LostHudson Erie LineWellhaven PlazaFactoryDairy FarmChurchArbor HillsMeridianCharleston, West VirginiaThe CommonwealthThe Milton HotelUnion StationHilltop ColonyElodie's TreatsThe Ferals' HouseNeighborhoodHouseCommonwealth JailTillman's Hardware
Larger Regions GeorgiaNebraskaVirginiaMarylandWest VirginiaTennesseeUnited States of AmericaFranceOuter Space