Zombies have been everywhere in popular culture over the past few years – from movies, to TV, to video games and beyond – but after several horrific (and tragic) crimes in the span of the past few weeks, some folks have started to wonder if the walking dead are actually real. The CDC is here to allay your fears…
While the Center for Disease Control has released several “zombie warnings” over the past few years, they were really humorous pieces designed to convince people to prepare for legitimate disasters. On last Thursday, the agency came out and made a statement saying what most of us have realized all along: Zombies don’t exist.
“CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),” says spokesman David Daigle.
That did little to quell the Internet uproar over the vicious face-eating attack in Miami or the revelation that Alexander Kinyua admitted to killing his roommate and feasting on his heart and brain. Then there’s the ongoing hunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the male porn star suspected of mailing dismembered body parts in Canada.
Adding to the furor were reports of a mysterious rash breakout at a high school in Hollywood, Florida. Put all these things together and it’s easy to imagine the end of days is upon is and that flesh-craving creatures are now walking amongst us.
Yet, while the zombie apocalypse is the phrase getting tossed about, it’s not even accurate in most of these cases. It’s easy to make the connection to the walking dead in the Miami story – if only because the assailant growled at the police and had to be shot multiple times before he was declared dead. Those are things that hew pretty closely to the behavior of zombies in modern films. The other cases bear no resemblance at all to zombies. Kinyua is just another Jeffrey Dahmer or Andrei Chikatilo – a killer with cannibal tendencies – and Magnotta doesn’t display any zombie traits either. As for the rash? That could be a billion other things.
So, while the past week or so has been filled with ghoulish stories of gruesomely unfathomable acts of violence, it’s probably a little early to hunker down for the zombie apocalypse. That doesn’t mean you can’t start stockpiling weapons and working on a disaster preparedness plan, though – it’s always good to be prepared.
[via Huffington Post]