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Zombie for Awareness

April 4, 2013

TheAtlantic: “Emerging Infectious Diseases, Better Public Health Outcomes, and Zombies” by Alexis C. Madrigal:

zombies are awesome, and can be used as a thought experiment to probe the ethical dimensions

Referring to research in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Disease: “Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness” by researchers at the University of California, Irvine: Melissa Nasiruddin, Monique Halabi, Alexander Dao, Kyle Chen, and Brandon Brown. Also reported by NBCNews: “Our national zombie obsession can help us understand real public health risks” by Meghan Holohan.

From the CDC journal article:

It could be called “Zombie Rabies,” … 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

Recall that last year Madrigal warned of the automatic tweet that notifies beginning of the apocalypse.

Recall also that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month at the California Office of Traffic and Safety – see SonomaPatch by Christian Kallen: “Are You a Zombie? Cell Phone Use Can Make You On ”

Kallen suggests more information at

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