The Zombie Research Society’s resident Entomologist, Doug Pratt, has recently suggested a troubling scenario in the spread of the zombie infection. Pratt notes that many blood-born illnesses are transferred by mosquitoes, and so too may zombieism. Malaria, for example, is almost exclusively passed from one carrier to another in this manner.
One hurdle to overcome with this theory is that mosquitoes do not feed on dead animals or people, which suggests that zombies would not be part of their diet. According to Discover Magazine, even the fact that the undead are up and moving about doesn’t seem to change their status in the eyes of the mosquito:
“Mosquitoes use various cues to find food, but above all they are olfactory creatures. Breath and body vapors draw them to their animal hosts, as well as body temperature.”
Therefore, it stands to reason that a cold, rotting zombie would look nothing like a living, breathing human to a mosquito.
But Pratt’s real concern is the possibility that a newly infected person – still alive and kicking – may be able to spread the infection before (s)he even shows any signs of being sick. If that were the case, and if the zombie incubation period is as long as days or weeks, then entire populations could be infected before anyone even knows there’s a problem.
For the sake of the human race, let’s hope Pratt is wrong.