I’m sure you’re all quite aware of the Swine Flu craze sweeping the globe. Fantastically mislabeled as a “pandemic”, the events are garnering a startling amount of sensationalism. If you’re in to that kind of thing, the evidence for an Apocalypse is building. According to Steven Novella of the SGU (which everyone ever should listen to, by the way), historically there has been an influenza outbreak about every 40 years. The last one was in 1918, so we’re overdue for one. Some of the dead have been young health adults, which typically indicates a virulent strain. The entire article is probably worth reading, it has a great deal of information about influenza and the spread of diseases. Anyway, Swine Flu is a mutation (mutations happen quite often, nothing odd there) of Influenza A, labeled H1N1.
So, human-to-human transfer of a fatal strain of Influenza A, and virulent enough that it has potential to become a pandemic. Okay, so that sounds bad, millions of people die. Sucky. But now? Now they come back and zombies. Apparently H1N1 has mutated into H1Z1 (I really hope the Z stands for zombie) in the most sci-fi twist ever. That’s right: now when the victims die, the virus can restart their heart and bring them back with brain damage and chemical imbalances causing extreme violence. REPENT FOR THE END IS NIGH.
I don’t think Swine Flu is going to be come a pandemic; to be honest, with the level of communication and health care available to us now, I don’t know if there will ever be a virus that is allowed to get enough out of control to cause that level of devastation again. And it is entirely possible that H1Z1 is just some made up or badly distorted piece of sensationalist journalism to capitalize on the scare. But if it’s true? It we have a pandemic of zombie-creating viruses? I am ready. Zombiepocalypse? I got this.
Update: Curses, it was in fact just a hoax. Oh well….