Zombie Flu?

Here you are, trapped inside your bedroom with nothing but a can of Cream of Mushrooms soup and a butter knife, while swarms of ravenous, flesh eating zombies congregate in your driveway. How could you have been so dumb? Months before this undead outbreak, you laughed at a blog post that warned you of such events. How foolish. The zombie apocalypse can exist my friend. Heed my warning, and start hoarding as much canned goods and water as you can.

Of course the dead cannot come back to life (mitosis ceases, thus no regeneration of dead cells), but if you know your zombie movies, many types of zombies were never dead (ie. 28 Days Later, World War Z, Quarantine). Increased aggression and an aptitude to kill seem to be the reigning characteristics of a zombie, which happen to be the symptoms of an all too familiar virus: Rabies. While yes, this aggression is only displayed temporarily in humans before they die an excruciating death, scientists have proven that the longevity of a person affected by rabies can increase easily with the help of evolution (a slow but possible route), or the help of naïve, yet capable virologist.

Of course, the worst way to spread a virus is through bite, which would appear to be the downfall of my argument. WRONG. It may be difficult, but virologists say that rabies, theoretically, can be hitched with an airborne virus, such as influenza, and can cause the worst pandemic of all time: a true Rage Virus. Not only could a random stranger maul you on the elevator, but you could also get infected by an infant’s cough. Now it is up to you to start preparing for the inevitable zombie invasion. If I were you, I would get a flu shot.

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4 Responses to Zombie Flu?

  1. Eric Aube says:

    Who even eats cream of mushroom soup? I’d rather get infected then have to eat that! But seriously this article is very interesting I knew that a zombie outbreak was possible in the real world but I did not know it could be possible through airborne virus.

  2. Nadia N says:

    Saw something about this on discovery channel apparently this whole idea of this virus and the lab testing this is happening in this new facility in Manhattan, Kansas…

  3. Patrick Chung says:

    There is actually a fungus that can affect an infected organism in a zombie-like way. The genus “Cordyceps” are particularly parasitic. A certain species of cordyceps will infect the brain of an ant, and then control it to move to the best place to spread its spores when the ant dies. The zombie game “The Last of Us” displays zombie-ism in this fashion (along with added stereotypical aggression to the zombies).

    With the history of humans contracting diseases from other animals (such as Swine Flu), the evolutionary step for cordyceps infecting humans would not be much of a surprise to me (since humans do have close contact with insects that can contract them *WHEEZE HACK COUGH “ANTS”*).

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