The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says we shouldn’t worry about zombies prowling around and gnawing at your flesh, like these characters from the AMC zombie drama “The Walking Dead.” Greg Nicotero/AMC
By Brent Johnson
If the news has you worried lately that a zombie apocalypse may soon be under way, don’t panic.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you’re not likely to find the dead walking around, gnawing at your flesh.
“CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms),” agency spokesman David Daigle said in an e-mail to The Huffington Post today.
Yes, you read that right: The federal agency aimed to protect the United States from disease outbreaks has officially weighed in on the possibility of actual zombies.
The comment comes after a string of strange incidents involving seemingly non-human behavior over the last week.
• In Miami, a naked man was shot by police after eating the face of another man on the side of a highway.
• In Maryland, a college student told investigators he ate the heart and brain of a dismembered body found in his home.
• In Hackensack, a man stabbed himself and threw pieces of his intestines at police.
• And in Canada, police are searching for a porn actor who allegedly killed a young man with an ice pick, dismembered the body and then raped and ate flesh from the corpse.
Apparently, people feared this might all be connected: The phrase “Zombie apocalypse” trended on both Twitter and Google in recent days.