CDC: Despite wave of cannibalism, no zombie threat
Horrifying, unusual attacks spark fears
June 04, 2012
In an extraordinary public statement, CDC suggested that a recent string of brutal incidents were not caused by a virus that would “present zombie-like symptoms.”
Last week, a man in Florida was shot by police after eating most of another man’s face. Several days later, a Maryland college student was arrested for dismembering and eating his roommate; a Texas woman killed and ate part of her newborn baby; and a Canadian man was charged with murdering and then eating his partner.
Avoid cannibalizing hospital volumes by centralizing business development
Several other bizarre cases, such as a New Jersey man repeatedly stabbing himself and throwing parts of his intestines at police, also made headlines in recent days.
The unusual—and horrifying—crimes have sparked a wave of online discussion and news coverage, the Associated Press reports. One news organization even created a Google Map to track “instances that may be the precursor to a zombie apocalypse.”
However, CDC spokesperson David Daigle told the Huffington Post that the agency “does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead…[or] present zombie-like symptoms” (Associated Press, 6/3; Campbell, Huffington Post, 6/1).
(Puts on conspiracy hat) Or are they just saying that so that there is not a panic?