Archive for July, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, some media outlets, including The New York Daily News, Time, and others began to distribute an article containing an email from CDC spokesman David Daigle to the Huffington Post.  They carried headlines such as: “Zombie Apocalypse: CDC Denies Existence Of Zombies Despite Cannibal Incidents” or, “CDC to America: There is no Zombie Apocalypse.”  Regardless of the news agency, all of them stated that the CDC had categorically refuted the existence of zombies.  Unfortunately, they did not read what the CDC actually said.  The exact quote is as follows:

“CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),”

DOES NOT KNOW.  They never said zombies don’t exist and they did not deny the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse.  The fact is, zombies do exist in real-life and there are several ways a zombie virus could develop.  And let’s be honest here, the CDC is facing increasing pressure about its ability to contain dangerous viruses.  USA Today reported,

“CDC engineers have raised written concerns about the air containment systems since at least 2010. At that time, scientists working with poxviruses, such as monkeypox, expressed concerns about airflow and said they “don’t want to go into that facility because they don’t feel comfortable with the way it is currently designed,” according to minutes from a February 2010 meeting to discuss reversing the way air flowed through the labs and animal-holding areas.”

If CDC employees don’t want to be there, should it be an agency that everyone trusts to alert them if there is a dangerous threat to public safety?

Are we certain the Zombie Apocalypse has not already begun?