The Zombie Apocalypse: is life imitating TV?


I have to admit I’m not a big fan of horror movies and personally find the old zombie movies a bit cheesy. The idea of the dead coming back to eat the living is unnerving and pretty frightening when you think about it. But we all know that the dead can’t come back to life and zombies aren’t real – or do we?

There have been reports around the world of the dead rising to rejoin the living. Depending on what side of the globe you are on, rising from death can either be deemed a miracle or get you labeled a witch, and that can’t be good.

The recent zombie-like attack in Miami made national news. The idea that a man could actually attack and eat another man’s face is plenty disturbing. While it’s believed that the attacker was in a drug-induced rage, there actually is a zombie virus. And you thought getting the flu was bad!

The virus comes from the same Mononegavirales family as the Human Vampiric Virus (HVV). The virus is mainly spread through ticks and renders the victim a speechless, flesh-consuming predator. Zombies will seek others like themselves, and before you know it, there are Zombie packs. Their heightened sense of smell means they can smell flesh from miles away. Their skin starts to deteriorate and the nose falls off, giving them the characteristic zombie look. There have been three major zombie outbreaks in American history: one in Key West in 1935, Louisiana in 1863, and Hawaii in 1892, which actually helped the U.S. acquire its 50th state. Bet you never learned that in your history class!

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) actually used zombies in recent material as a way to prepare the public for disasters. Let’s just hope that a zombie outbreak stays in the pamphlets!

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