In the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead, survivors of the zombie apocalypse regularly turned to their television sets to learn the grisly details regarding their dilemma. But if you’re counting on the media or government agencies to warn you about the inevitable outbreak, think again!
Consider a recent joint announcement by the Democratic Republic of Congo and the World Health Organization that one of the most lethal strains of Ebola had created a deadly epidemic near the province of Equateur. The only problem? Just a few days earlier an official spokesperson had vehemently denied the truth, claiming in an email to the Reuters news agency that “this is not Ebola” and instead blaming the outbreak on hemorrhagic gastroenteritis; a disease prevalent in dogs.
Numbi said that one of the two cases that tested positive was for the Sudanese strain of the disease, while the other was a mixture between the Sudanese and the Zaire strain — the most lethal variety. The outbreak in West Africa that has killed at least 1,427 people in West Africa since March is the Zaire strain.
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the disease which had killed at least 70 people in Equateur was a kind of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.
As we recently reported, the Chinese government was forced to respond to unfounded and irresponsible accounts of “Ebola zombies.” But with such disinformation from the very organizations tasked with telling the truth, is it any wonder that the populace distrusts the official accounts of these deadly outbreaks?
As our own government plots the suspension of civil liberties in the face of an impending biological disaster, any dishonesty from these global organizations simply sacrifices credibility and may eventually produce panic much worse than the facts themselves.