What is a Zombie?

"He who knows his enemy and himself will never in a hundred battles be at risk."-Sun-Tzu

Definition - also zom•bi\'zäm-be\noun. Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost. Circa 1871. 1usually zombi a: the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body b: a will-less and speechless human in the West Indies capable only of automatic movement who is held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated.

*There are several “versions” to what we know today about zombies. For the purpose of the reader I will distinguish the differences between the glamorized zombie of Hollywood and the real, everyday zombie.


The zombie state is caused by a virus known as Solanum, a virus that is transferred via direct contact between contaminated flesh/bodily fluids to an open wound of an uncontaminated individual. This can occur in two ways:

1. Zombie Bite.

2. Zombie remains contacting exposed flesh, i.e. blood spatter from a shotgun blast.

Note: The virus cannot be transferred by animals nor is it airborne or waterborne, and if a person were to consume contaminated flesh or fluids, the effect is fatal and would not cause reanimation.


When Solanum comes into contact with the brain, mutation occurs in the brain, primarily in the frontal lobe, altering the victim's abilities for social behavior, instinct, and basic motor function. This mutation, also depletes the dependence of the body’s need for oxygen and shuts down the peripheral nervous system. Here are the following symptoms:

Hour 1: Bruising and discoloration in the infected area.

Hour 5: Fever (99-103), chills, slight dementia, vomiting and acute pain in the joints.

Hour 8: Numbing of extremities and infected area. Increased fever (103-106 degrees F).

Hour 11: Lower body paralysis, slowed heart rate.

Hour 16: Coma.

Hour 20: Heart Stoppage. No brain activity.

Hour 23: Reanimation

Note: Once bitten, there is no helping the victim, they will become a zombie and should dispatched immediately.