Even though people are eating other people’s faces and vital organs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no zombie outbreak.
“CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),” wrote agency spokesman David Daigle in an email to The Huffington Post.
Still, recent events have internet users in a frenzy, with “zombie apocalypse” being Google’s third-most popular search term this morning.
Let’s break down what we’ve seen so far:
5/18/11: CDC releases “tongue-in-cheek” manual on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
5/16/12: Mysterious rashes begin to appear on students at Miami McArthur High School.
5/19/12: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport – HAZMAT crews dispatched for “unknown chemical,” five people rushed to the hospital.
5/25/12: “Disoriented” Canadian man arrested aboard an American Airlines flight after he attempted to rush the cockpit (hmm, the plane had just landed in Miami).
5/26/12: Homeless man has 80 percent of his face eaten off by deranged, naked man.
5/30/12: 21-year-old Alexander Kinyua of Maryland admits to dismembering his roommate and eating his heart and brain.
5/30/12: Gay porn actor allegedly kills man with ice pick, dismembers body, eats flesh from the corpse, mails body parts.
5/30/12: New Jersey resident Wayne Carter disembowels himself and throws his own intestines at police.
5/31/12: San Antonio woman beheads 3-week-old son, eats part of his brain.
6/1/12: CDC releases official statement – There is no zombie outbreak.
Here’s a map of all the latest zombie-like occurrences, courtesy of The Daily Beast (note: avoid Florida!)…
The Cranberries: Zombie
- Mapping the Zombie Apocalypse (thedailybeast.com)
- There Is No Miami Zombie Apocalypse, Just Mentally Ill People With No Safety Net [Zombies] (jezebel.com)
- Grab Your Boomstick: The Zombie Apocalypse May Actually Be Upon Us (blogginghounds.wordpress.com)
- Florida is center of coming zombie apocalypse (boingboing.net)
- The Esposito on Zombie Apocalypse (theesposito.com)