Miami Zombie type attack is in focus. The US govt has said that zombie apocalypse is not real. Feds were forced to deny existence of the undead after spate of attacks
Zombie Apocalypse has become the number two trending topic in Google searches and articles on Cracked.com about how the Apocalypes can or cannot happen are increasing in number. The fire behind all this smoke is the recent spate of zombie-like cannibalistic stories coming up in news.
The instances of news like Rudy Eugene (who ate the face off another man but was killed before he could proceed further), victim Ronald Poppo who faced a similar attack and is severely disfigured after another man ate his face, and Alexander Kinyua, who confessed to eating the brain and other body parts of his roommate; have boosted the zombie apocalypse rumour manifold.
However, the CDC said in a statement that no virus can cause zombie-like symptoms, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement on Friday saying that there is no cause to fear the walking dead.
David Daigle, the agency spokesman of CDC, said, “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).” Some of the instances when the perpetrators had eaten off body parts off another human are the effects of drugs, and not any virus or infection that zombifies normal humans. The case of Eugene became very famous because when he had eaten the face off a victim, police shot at him and he appeared invulnerable to the bullets hitting his naked body. He collapsed when a number of rounds had been fired at him. It was later revealed that his invulnerability was due to the effect of drugs known as ‘bath salts’.
Crimes of cannibalism are not the beginning of any zombie apocalypse, assure the government and despite the website Gawker linking the crimes to a ‘mysterious rash’ that broke out at a high school in Hollywood, Florida, there is no proof of the Evil Dead becoming a reality.
The CDC also took care to pooh pooh the ‘fictional viruses’ that can cause cannibalism in humans, such as Ataxic Neurodegenrative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome. This last syndrome was mentioned by a Harvard University professor in a fake medical journal.
These bits of news are no proof of any zombie infection, and it is only that bad news attracts attention, especialy if it is as weird as a zombie crime. Scott Talan, professor of public communication at American University, with a long work history in public relations and the media, said, “This is all nothing new.”
He explained that bad news attracts attention and people like to bunch similar scattered stories together and give it a name like “zombie apocalypse.”
And it is a human tendency to see bigger troubles than their own, and Talan explained, “No matter how your life’s going, someone’s got it worse. We like to think, “I’m better off than these people.”