Recently, it seems as though all of these attacks are pointing in the direction of a zombie apocalypse, at least this is what the media strongly suggests, but are they really? We, here at Newsfeed of Today, believe this increased enthusiasm began with the discussion and publicity of the Nodding Disease in Africa [Click here to read more], however, it’s not as though all of the symptoms of being a ‘zombie’ haven’t occurred somewhere in the medical history of humanity – they have, but perhaps not all at once.
In fact, here are five real disease that could make appear as a ‘zombie’: sleeping sickness, rabies, necrosis, dysarthria, leprosy, and we’re sure they are more out there; however the question is: do these diseases actually make humans fully represent the theatrical zombies horror film lovers have come to know? No, not at all. As a matter of fact, even the Centers for Disease Control took the time to make a public statement to reassure otherwise.
The CDC speaks out:
“After a week of bizarre crimes, the Centers for Disease Control would like to reassure Americans that a zombie-virus outbreak is exceedingly unlikely.
“Despite a string of grisly incidents throughout North America, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared late last week that there is no evidence of a coming Zombie Apocalypse.
The CDC, based in the Atlanta area, has previously issued promotional materials on how to survive a zombie attack, but these were all “a tongue in cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages,” according to a new post on the agency’s website. Following a series of ghastly incidents in Canada, Florida, New Jersey, Washington and Maryland, the organization was actually forced to address (mostly online) concerns about back-from-the-dead monsters feasting on the flesh of the living.
“CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),” agency spokesperson David Daigle told The Huffington Post on Friday.
Zombie talk began May 26 in Florida after 31-year-old Miami resident Rudy Eugene stripped off all his clothes, attacked a homeless man and attempted to chew off his face. Eugene, naked and growling, only ceased his attack after police shot him several times, according to eyewitnesses.
A day later, a New Jersey man stabbed himself 50 times, cut out his own intestines and threw them at police. By the end of the week a Seattle man had killed six people, including himself, in a shooting spree that started in a local cafe and a Baltimore student was charged with slaying and eating the heart and brain of his housemate.
To make matters even more suspicious, a bear was caught eating the corpse of a convicted murderer last week in British Columbia, although until we hear otherwise we’ll assume it’s probably not a zombie bear.”
Even more, it has been reported yesterday, June 8th, that in Louisiana, a 43-year-old Carencro, La. resident Carl Jacqueneaux allegedly bit off a piece of a man’s face during an unspecified domestic dispute last weekend, according to ABC-affiliate KATC. As with the infamous Miami face-chewing incident that sparked a spate of Internet-fueled zombie rumors, this attack may have involved the now infamous synthetic drug “bath salts.”
While the CDC did make this statement, they also posted an article on preparing for a potential zombie apocalypse – we believe this to be publicity stunt or a way to inform the public on how to be prepared for any emergency.
Let’s section off these individual circumstances and reports to try to make logical sense of the matters at hand.
The Miami incident is said to be caused by bath salts, and let’s be honest here, if used in an unethical manner, many products can be used in the place of drugs and almost all drugs have bizarre side-effects.
For the New Jersey man and the Baltimore student, drugs or a mental illness could be the underlying cause.
For the bear, most bears are carnivorous and if given the opportunity, it has always been suggested that they will kill humans.
Finally, for the Louisiana man, in this incident, the word “allegedly” is significant enough that we’re not going to even both with assuming that Carl Jacqueneaux actually bit off a piece of a man’s face. However, to suit this article, we will contribute this happening to drugs, a mental illness, or uncontrollable anger.
So there you have it. In our opinion: if you believe there is a possibility of a zombie apocalypse, believe as you will and prepare yourself as you may. However, we believe that until there is significant, hardcore proof as to sights of a zombie apocalypse, we’re not going to rest our minds on information provided by word of mouth from humans waiting for the next big event to occur – we’re waiting until there is better proof.
Cannibal Alert: Another Face Chewer Surfaces in Louisiana (newsfeed.time.com)
Cannibal Alert: Another Face Chewer Surfaces in Louisiana (ksee24 news)
CDC Speaks Out About Zombie Apocalypse (patch.com)
CDC To America: There Is No Zombie Apocalypse (newsfeed.time.com)
Five Real Disesase That Could Make You Act Just Like A Zombie (io9.com)
Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse (cdc.gov)
Is There A Real Zombie Outbreak Going On Right Now In Africa? (newsfeedoftoday.wordpress.com)