Thoughtful essays, short stories, or poems on philosophical issues related to science, medical practice, and human health. Topics may include science and the human condition, the unanticipated side of epidemic investigations, or how people perceive and cope with infections and illness.
Sitting at his laboratory bench, a scientist adds mutation after mutation to a strand of rabies virus RNA, unaware that in a few short days, an outbreak of this very mutation would destroy society as we know it. It could be called “Zombie Rabies,” a moniker befitting of the next Hollywood blockbuster—or, in this case, a representation of the debate over whether a zombie apocalypse, manufactured by genetically modifying one or more diseases like rabies, could be more than just fiction. Fear of the unknown has long been a psychological driving force for curiosity, and the concept of a zombie apocalypse has become popular in modern society. This article explores the utility of zombies to capitalize on the benefits of spreading public health awareness through the use of relatable popular culture tools and scientific explanations for fictional phenomena.
Nasiruddin M, Halabi M, Dao A, Chen K, Brown B. Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness. Emerg Infect Dis. 2013;19(5):809-813. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1905.ad1905
Nasiruddin M, Halabi M, Dao A, et al. Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2013;19(5):809-813. doi:10.3201/eid1905.ad1905.
Nasiruddin, M., Halabi, M., Dao, A., Chen, K., & Brown, B. (2013). Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 19(5), 809-813. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1905.ad1905.
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