Pandemic – For Those Interested in the Zombie Apocalypse
For all those who believe the Zombie Apocalypse could take place, here is something to get the mind really thinking of the world we live in today.
The 1918 flu pandemic, January 1918 – December 1920, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. The first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus, the second being the 2009 flu pandemic. It infected 500 million people across the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them, 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.
H5N1 infected humans in the 1990s. Influenza A/H5N1 has evolved into a flu virus strain that infects more species and is deadlier than any previously known strain. It continues to evolve, becoming both more widespread and more deadly. Robert G. Webster, published an article titled “The world is teetering on the edge of a pandemic that could kill a large fraction of the human population” in American Scientist. An outbreak of human infections with a new avian influenza A H7N9 virus was first reported in China by the World Health Organization on April 1, 2013. This has began to spread again throught the region this fall.
Bubonic plague is commonly believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, or 30–60% of the European population. While in Europe, people found the disease most occurring in the autumn. Because the plague killed so many of the working population, wages rose and some historians have seen this as a turning point in European economic development.
Rabies causes about 55,000 human deaths annually worldwide. 95% of human deaths due to rabies occur in Asia and Africa. Roughly 97% of human rabies cases result from dog bites. Early stage symptoms of rabies are malaise, headache and fever, progressing to acute pain, violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, depression, and hydrophobia. Finally, the patient may experience periods of mania and lethargy, eventually leading to coma. The primary cause of death is usually respiratory insufficiency.
The CDC has in their hands all of the above ways to cause a MAJOR pandemic if THEY choose. These can be modified to THEIR liking. Yes, the thought of this is very scary, but VERY real. THEY have been making changes on how they quarantine the masses. They would keep out the infected and quarantine those who have not been affected. “Shelter in Place” would cause cabin fever and the masses would rebel. If a pandemic to this level took place, the ENTIRE world would be infected.
By mixing Influenza with Rabies, though nature doesn’t allow all of these things to happen at the same time. Viruses assemble only parts that belong to them, and they don’t mix and match from different families. But.. with Genetically Modifying where it is today, each is possible to mutate to a new form in which the other could be “mixed” to form a “zombie virus”.