We’ve already touched on the likelihood that a flu-like zombie sickness would quickly destroy modern civilization (see: Zombie Virus, Airborne Killer?). But what is also widely argued is that a mutation from influenza to zombiism is highly improbable, if not impossible. So we have nothing to worry about in the current swine flu pandemic, right? Maybe not…
Leading Asian news outlet, The Japan Times, filed a report yesterday about disturbing new symptoms observed in a high number of recently infected people in that country:
“The health ministry has reported that 151 flu patients up to age 17 demonstrated abnormal behavior between late September and mid-November, including acting violently or uttering gibberish.”
Authorities believe that the popular vaccine, Tamiflu, may be at fault, leading to the ban of its use by teens, but only 26 of the known “zombie flu” sufferers ever used that specific drug. Clearly there’s something more complicated, and potentially dangerous, at work.
Though still a long way from the start of an undead apocalypse, this new development has alarming implications for the future. More research is required.