Volume 19, Number 5—May 2013
Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness
|Susceptibility||Human infection requires fictional apocalyptic environment||Requires environment with infected animals, such as dogs or bats|
|Cause||Tyrant virus, other viruses, unknown pathogens||Mononegavirales|
|Virus transmission||Bites and scratches; unknown pathogen; spread human to human; 100% effectiveness||Bites; saliva infected with rabies virus; spread animal to human|
|Virulence||Victims die and become “walking dead”||Victims die and stay dead|
|Symptoms||Fever, chills, loss of hair and pigmentation, hobbling gait||Delirium, anxiety, stress, hallucinations, muscle spasms, convulsions|
|Control methods||Avoiding bites from existing zombies; intervention includes destroying brain of zombies||Avoiding bites from dogs and bats; postexposure prophylaxis|
|Exposure in popular culture|
|Nonscientific media||Movies, books, television shows||Movies, books, television shows|
|Scientific media||Zombie web sites, CDC, Nature||Academic journals, global health Web sites, NIH, CDC, Nature|
*CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; NIH, National Institutes of Health.
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