As the first apparent cases of Ebola in the United States made waves, an article was published that claimed a victim rose from the dead in Africa, creating an apparent zombie apocalypse craze. The story, however, was written by the sardonic website Huzlers, which describes itself as "a combination of real shocking news and satirical entertainment to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.”
The article, which is titled “BREAKING NEWS!! Ebola Victim Rises From The Dead In Africa Fear Of Zombie Apocalypse,” claimed to have a picture of the alleged Ebola zombie victim; it looks like something from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The person’s face is missing chunks of flesh and eyes are glazed over, bloodshot and lifeless.
“Officials in Liberia have released the first confirmed image of a captured Ebola victim who rose from the dead,” the phony story reads. “The name of the victim has not been released by the WHO, and news of the patient rising from the dead comes only hours after the United States announced its First Ebola victim in Dallas, Texas.”
The fake report said since Texas is “infested with an unknown amount of Ebola patients,” Kansas declared a state of emergency and declared October “Zombie Awareness Month.” The hoax alleges there is footage “for the first time in human history” of a person rising from the dead.
The mock story was able to trick some Twitter users, while other made fun of it. Some Twitterati comments have been posted below:
Reading ebola stories about zombies is making me absolutely terrified
— chloe (@xloesi) October 8, 2014
If Ebola zombies are real then I am ready
— ryan turner (@rt_gypsy) October 8, 2014
If Ebola starts turning people to zombies I'm strapped pic.twitter.com/rKH6p4fQlm
— Castro (@RealAustinKnott) October 3, 2014
The true toll of Ebola has actually been a horror story. Over 3,400 people in West Africa have died from the virus. It is believed it was originally transferred through “bushmeat,” which is meat from African wild animals, or through contact with infected bats; then contact with infected people or their bodies led to the spread of the disease further.
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