Always the eloquent Max Brooks has stepped forward to explain why the Ebola epidemic is NOT the World War Z epidemic.
My fictional plague could not be more different from the truth. It could be argued that there are some similarities between the initial Ebola outbreak in West Africa and my fictional virus. Early on, there were missed warnings, such as a U.S. intelligence group’s failure to mine data that was written in French. There was also an obvious lack of interest on the part of the industrialized world. Not only were the headlines already taken up by Islamic State and the war in Ukraine but, let’s be honest, ignoring the plight of Africans is shamefully commonplace in the First World.
Brooks is quick to point out how the world response to Ebola is so much more intense than his fictional description of the Z Virus. This is actually good news, to be honest. We have reported a number of stories about Ebola zombies, in an attempt to dispel some of these crazy rumors. There are no zombies in Africa.
Thank you for this excellent article Max. You can read it in its entirety here (Is Ebola the Read World War Z?):