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Scientists say: Hit Them Hard!

It had to happen.

Scientists from the University of Ottowa have modelled the effects of a classical zombie plague, as part of a model in epidemiology.

They looked at what would happen if uninfected humans attempted to cure or quarantine zombies, and the effects of retaliation:

We show that only quick, aggressive attacks can stave off the doomsday scenario: the collapse of society as zombies overtake us all.

It looks like we might have a need for all those zombie Instructables after all!

PDF of the paper, via BBC story.

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PKM7 years ago
I question that graph at the top of page 139. How can the number of zombies keep increasing after time 4.5 when there are no susceptibles left? Zombies don't reproduce, at least not in any of the classic scenarios, and I'm pretty sure that the real-world equivalent (having rabies, apparently) precludes having children.
I question that graph at the top of page 139. How can the number of zombies keep increasing after time 4.5 when there are no susceptibles left?
They don't. With no food, they slowly die out, or they live forever. Who knows.
they dont die out... the reason they eat i because they dont feel full. once the virus takes effect all nervous systems shut down and the body no longer needs food to run, however, the brain still acts somewhat and thinks it needs to eat. since the body can no longer feel the brain doesnt know when to stop eating and will therefore keep the body eating until the stomach explodes. thats why its important to sever the head.
If they're hungry, why not eat each other though?
its just like an animal in the same pack. they all hunt with each other, they dont hunt each other. when the disease takes over the brain reverts back to its primal way of doing things.
I see...Zombies just got a little boring...
yep. when you actually go away from the hollywood view and look at the science of zombies it does get less interesting for some.
Well, I don't think any Hollywood zombie movie had the zombies eat each other, but I also don't think while watching said movie, any one was thinking, "Wait a second. Why eat humans when you can eat each other... Unless!" ect, ect... But you're right...To bad I like Hollywood better than some aspects of science.
I haven't read the paper, having a life, but if there is a lag effect that could be it, ie if there is an incubation period.
I haven't read the paper, having a life
BURN

if there is a lag effect that could be it

IE susceptibles stop being susceptibles before they become zombies, so there is a transient phase which isn't shown on the graph? Perhaps. "Dead bodies in radioactive barrels" perhaps, or "crazay guys boarded up in churches".
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