Rabies, Flu, Ebola: National Geographic Investigates Zombies

By Zombie Hunter Sam
Oct
04
2011

CDC Zombie Photo Courtesy Jack_Babalon

Zombies, as well as the cinema fanbases, are split into two kingdoms: The George Romero Zombie and the Danny Boyle Zombie. The Romero Zombie is the reanimated, once alive and now dead walking corpse. The Boyle Zombie is the rage infected, fully alive, maddened and contagious, murderous human being.

While this website may discuss cinema on occasion, it focuses on actual zombies, their creation and destruction. National Geographic in conjunction with several scientists and virologists has studied zombies as well and further backs the Boyle Zombie as a potential holocaust agent.

Rabies is a viral disease that infects the central nervous system and can drive people to be violently mad, according to Samita Andreansky, a virologist at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Combine rabies with the ability of a flu virus to spread quickly through the air, and you  have the makings of a zombie apocalypse.

If the genetic code of the rabies virus experiences enough mutations, its incubation time could be reduced dramatically, scientists say. Many viruses have naturally high mutation rates and constantly change as a means of evading or bypassing the defenses of their hosts, however viruses aren’t known to hybridize or change so dramatically in nature. There are various ways viral mutations can occur, such as  through copying mistakes during gene replication or damage from ultraviolet light.

Time to start carrying more antibacterial hand sanitizer.

“Zombie Virus” Possible via Rabies-Flu Hybrid?

 

 

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  • 2 kirby Oct 21, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I think that there is a high chance of a rage infected zombie outbreak or other contagious virus spreding in todays fast ratrace of a world and i say bring it on

  • 3 Dookie791 Oct 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Huh, now I have some definitive proof that zombies could exist in the future. People instantly think of the George Romero zombie. I explain the Boyle zombie and then they think of it as possible, but they wouldn’t call it a zombie. I guess they have good reason to, as the Romero zombie is the most well known.

  • 4 Travis Nov 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Fuck Draco, the all curing medicine…
    Look it up, It’s going to cause the outbreak…

  • 5 Brenna May 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    So if rabies were to be given some of the traits of the flu virus and was able to become and airborne virus wouldn’t that mean that this would be almost completely uncontrollable and spread throughout the nation and possibly the world within a matter of days or weeks if not quarantined quickly enough? Or am I just thinking too dramatically here? Also, the only way a “zombie virus” could break out is if there was an accident that was unable to be contained in a bio lab (I think that’s what they’re called?). It is a possibility, an insanely small possibility, that a virus could be mutated into a zombie virus. This definitely could not happen over night though, which means this virus would have to take a bit of time to mutate. And with scientists these days keeping up with things and even getting ahead of some things it would be very hard for the virus to mutate without there being something to treat it or prevent it. So I see there being a very small chance of a zombie outbreak.

  • 6 Ashley Jun 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    This isn’t even the entire article on it. This only shows how it is possible it doesnt go in depth. Go look at the actuall article n tell me what you think

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