Sunday, June 03, 2012

CDC denies 'zombie apocalypse,' but has our technology actually created one?

Until Rudy Eugene's recent "zombie attack" on Ronald Poppo," it's likely you didn't think much of a "zombie apocalypse" actually happening, outside of movies, video games, or TV.

Now, with multiple reports of cannibalism in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere flooding the media in the week since the Eugene - Poppo attack, the CDC has had to step in and deny any such thing is happening, and perhaps with good reason.

The CDC said, in an email to the Huffington Post, "CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)."

The CDC has only itself to blame for the questions. After all, in mid-2011, the CDC warned Americans to be prepared for the "zombie apocalypse" on its own website. Canada's Emergency BC Info website did the same thing, and ironically, just prior to the Eugene "zombie attack," during "zombie preparedness week."

Was someone being prescient?

The original "zombie" referred to an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means, such as witchcraft or voodoo. There is still belief in some circles that such "zombies" can be created.

That said, the "zombie" and the "zombie apocalypse" most fear is one that is undead, and created by a virus or other disease ("The Walking Dead, "28 Days Later"), some strange comet ("Night of the Comet"), or some other, unexplained means ("Night of the Living Dead").

Now, however, there appears to be a "measure" of science behind all these zombie stories. After all, the recent attacks have been attributed, for the most part, to drug use, drug overdose, including perhaps LDS, cocaine, or even the synthetic drug "bath salts."

Considering that the term "zombie" is often "figuratively" applied to describe a person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulatory and able to respond to external stimuli, one could apply the word "zombie" to these attacks, and it would be reasonably accurate.

Thus, while the CDC does not know of any virus, it certainly might want to admit there is a "condition" that would present zombie-like symptoms: drug use. In a sense, there is science behind the "zombie apocalypse," one of our own creating via designer drugs.

In an ironic twist, in the Season 1 finale of TV series "The Walking Dead," the CDC (Atlanta) made a cameo appearance. Survivors of - yes, a "zombie Apocalypse" - met a scientist who had tried, and failed, to find a cure. Rick, the protagonist, learned something he only revealed to the rest of the group in the Season 2 season finale.

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