posted on Jun, 22 2012 @ 02:14 AM
If it were me, I would probably rationalize that it wasn't zombies until they were breaking down my door ripping me and my family to pieces. Zombies
just don't make logical sense. When the body dies, it begins to decompose. Immediately! How can something as delicate as nervous tissue, provide any
means of movement if a virus/bacteria/voodoo/curse were to reanimate them. How ever for the sake of argument let's say it makes sense, I mean this
bath salt crap seems to produce raving rabid mad men.
Let's use the classic " Disease zombie."
In the beginning I would expect to start as it seems to appear. An outbreak of a rash, followed by fever, vomiting, depression, malaise, fatigue and
dehydration. In the late stages they deteriorate rapidly and become erratic and violent. The virus may have an incubation period of days, weeks or
even months. If it were a case where the dead rises it may again take a few days to a week for the corpse to re-animate but I don't think this is as
likely so for this sake the victim is for arguments sake alive, how ever due to severe damage to both the brain and nervous system their pain response
and consciousness appears absent, while their endurance, physical strength and aggression seem heightened due to a lack of limitation by nerves and
Due to a prolonged incubation period the virus spreads quickly as those infected have no idea they are infected at all. The disease/virus would likely
be spread by saliva, as this could mean a bite or breathing coughing or sneezing could spread it to others in both invasive and passive means. The
common cold, flu and other more serious disease/virus are spread in this very manner. Daily interaction, and international travel/tourism could spread
this outbreak all over the world before the later " zombie " stage is achieved.
During the "Zombie" phase of the outbreak, victims are unresponsive, aggressive, uncoordinated, high fever, dehydrated, seemingly impervious to pain
due to nervous system damage, unresting, and starving due to an increased metabolism and the vomiting from the earlier stages of the disease. They
appear to lack higher cognitive function and coordination and are driven simply by the fundamental needs of any living thing. An increase of sputum in
the lungs causes hoarse, gurgley breathing along with coughing and humid breath which can further spread the disease. In fact as infection progresses,
and breakdown speeds up victims become more contagious. Seeing as victims are aggressive, breaking down, and operating and basic needs they breath
hoarsely, moan, and attempt to eat any and everything to feed their need for sustenance.
To maintain their increased body temperature(fever) in a natural response to fight off an infection these " zombies " require a very high calorie
intake. However their increased body temperature causes further break down of their physical body, nervous system and mind. As the " Zombie " Feeds
they become hotter, and in turn they break down further, becoming more sluggish, desperate, painless, and decaying. The zombies abilities decay with
their bodies, both in time and the rate at which they feed. Seeing as the cause is a virus/disease, it is spread both by proximity and contact with
the zombies, whether it be a bite, vomit, saliva or contact with other bodily fluids. The ultimate end of the "zombie" outbreak is death, once the
body can no longer function even at the most primitive of levels they shut down completely. Starvation, grievous injuries or time alone will end the
lives of all victims.
I would think in the early stages this mind boggling disease would see huge media publications and warnings and then seemingly vanish as things begin
to get out of hand. Larger city centers would be hit the hardest, and those living in the more rural less densely populated areas may be affected
less. However seeing as these "zombies" break down to groaning flesh crazy monsters over time, friends and family living in the fringe may have
zombie visitors following memories in an attempt to feed. The disease could spring up and disappear in weeks, months or even years depending on how it
is contained or if an antidote can be achieved.