June 6, 2012

CDC Official Denies Existence Of Zombie Apocalypse

With a number of news stories in recent weeks featuring acts of cannibalism coming out of North America, such as the infamous case of the "Miami Zombie," there's been a lot of chatter online about the "Zombie Apocalypse."

 Some of the commentary is clearly tongue-in-cheek, yet there are others out there commenting on blogs, Twitter, and elsewhere who sound very serious in their paranoia that these isolated and very unique examples of cannibalism and murder are linked by something more sinister.

The chatter has gotten so loud, at least, that the CDC stepped forward to officially deny the existence of a zombie apocalypse:

"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)," writes agency spokesman David Daigle in an email to The Huffington Post.

Ironically, it was close to this time last year -- in late May 2011 -- that the CDC launched a Zombie Preparedness Blog as a "tounge-in-cheek" advertising campaign to spread awareness for real emergency and survival preparedness. The CDC's own campaign went viral and even caused the term "Zombie Apocalypse" to trend on Twitter.

So, it looks like the CDC's willing to play around in the zombie sand box but is quick to assure us that no such thing exists. And they're right: zombies are purely fictional.

 At least that's what we tell ourselves to sleep better at night.