Recently several government departments have used the popularity of zombies and the zombie apocalypse to promote their readiness or preparedness campaigns. It was very successful because it received a lot of press and the zombie and survival sites were jammed with posts and comments. This creative marketing has turned what would otherwise be an ignored promotional effort into a media frenzy. I noticed that each press release, or other documentation had at least one disclaimer about the improbability of a Zombie apocalypse.
The Homeland Security Department's theory is if you are prepared for a zombie attack the same preparations will help you during a hurricane. Really? I have lived through and prepared for several hurricanes in my life and never felt the need for bite proof clothing or a Brooklyn Smasher. However, boarding up your windows and gathering food and water do seem like a universally good idea during an apocalypse or other disaster.
But, what if? Is it possible? The mainstream naysayers laugh at the thought and label the survivalist as "crazies". I often hear, "people really don't believe it that do they?", "or that is just nuts!" But lets take a closer look, I think I can convince you that a zombie type apocalypse is a real possibility.
Let's start with the most far fetched aspect of a zombie apocalypse, the dead rising from the grave and all hell breaking loose here on earth, you know with screaming and gnashing of teeth.... Does that sound familiar? Yep, that is from the bible. No I am not going to post verses and start a bible study but the scenarios are very similar. If you consider he bible's version, no one ever really discusses what all these billions of formerly dead "sinners" are going to be doing after they have arisen. So, if billions believe a book that says the dead will rise and all hell breaks loose here on earth then why not even consider a zombie apocalypse is possible.
Ok, so many of you don't believe in either scenario stated above. The dead rising from their grave would take something very special. So let's look at possibilities that have a high probability of happening. The world, according to experts who analyse this stuff, is grossly over populated. Throughout history when over population in the animal kingdom has occurred an event, plague or an apocalyptic type event has happened to "thin the herd" so to speak.
Over the course of human history there have been several events that have caused massive deaths. These have been caused by diseases, some that have mutated and others that were transferred from animals to humans. In the 1300s the Black Plague killed between 75-100 million people. It was a Yersinia pestis bacterium that caused that disease and it has reappeared several times in slightly different forms in more recent history. Another disease that went unchecked for a long time is small pox. An estimated 300 Million people died from this disease. It spread like a strong wind that covered the earth in death.
So far we know that the world is overpopulated and prime for a deadly outbreak. We know that new serious viruses can go unchecked until the infected outnumber the uninfected. So how does this morph into a zombie apocalypse? Several ways that I believe are a real possibility.
Every year we hear of a disease that has mutated slightly or even significantly and the world's health organizations throw us all into a panic. Diseases like AIDS, Swine Flu, Asian flu, Mad Cow Disease and many others. So far we have been relatively lucky that these diseases haven't been more aggressive and more deadly. But what does next year hold? What will these and other diseases mutate into? What if the sick greatly out number the well?
Viruses Leaked by Scientist
With the rush to be first with cloning, genetic engineering, the deadliest chemical weapon and other really bad ideas, the world's scientists are creating an environment where bad things are going to happen. Genetic mutants, humans with super power, unstoppable viruses with devastating genetic effects. It is possible that a rage type virus could be created.
Animal diseases mutating and crossing to humans
Symptoms: Craving to bite and eat anything, constant growling, disorientation,erratic behavior, extreme aggression, no fear, loss of some muscle coordination and constant roaming. These are the basic symptoms of a zombie disease. We have all seen this in the movies and in our nightmares. However, these symptoms are actually one of the phases of Rabies. Rabies is a neurological disease that progresses in an animal until it is a crazy mad 'zombie" roaming the streets.
Fortunately, at this point the disease has not mutated and the transfer to humans is rare and the symptoms are different (less zombie like). But, it is clearly a possibility that this disease could mutate, get stronger cause a .... wait for it..... Zombie Apocalypse. One dog gets a rabies shot, the disease is able to thrive anyway and mutates. Now a version is immune to the vaccination and all hell breaks loose.
Scientists of questionable integrity are working in many countries to develop the ultimate chemical weapon. Most of these are neurological weapons that alter and damage various portions of your neurological system. These weapons can be viral in nature and and are meant to cause damaging changes to your system. Altering them in ways that could cause catastrophic effects on humanity.
There are many drugs, both legal and illegal that, when abused, can turn a normal person into a crazed, flesh eating superman. It is easy to find stories through the years were someone has "flipped out" and did some horrible things before being shot and killed by the police. So we know the capability is there, all that is needed is an uncontrolled trigger.
More good reading:
DNA mutations are occurring
www.cracked.com 5 ways it could happen