Several recent articles have entered circulation claiming that dead Ebola victims have risen as zombies. These satirical stories are obviously fake.
One of these phony articles was recently reprinted by Huzlers. The original version of the article appeared on a website called Celebtricity. However, at the time of this writing the original website seemed to be experiencing connection issues and frequently went offline. According to the fake article, victims of Ebola in the African country of Liberia were rising from the dead as zombies, and the military and World Health Organization had stepped up efforts to contain the outbreak. The article goes on to state that Liberia had accused the United States government of manufacturing the Ebola virus as a weapon of biological warfare.
Authentic Ebola News Stories
In mid August, the Washington Post published an article which reported that Chinese state media had issued a warning informing people that Ebola did not cause people to rise from the dead as zombies. Apparently this had become an issue due to bogus online rumors and stories asserting that Ebola resulted in the possible onset of a violent zombie-like condition. As the article points out, victims of Ebola do not grow stronger, but grow gradually weaker, and coming back from the dead as a zombie “can only happen in the movies”.
One authentic news article that may have fueled rumors of zombie stories was an October 4th feature in Newsweek which relayed the story of a Liberian man that was thought to be dead from Ebola, but was found to still be alive as he was being carried away to be cremated. However, the man was never dead… he was only thought to be dead, but was in reality alive. He did not rise from the dead. The article contains a video of the incident.
Huzlers and Celebtricity
Fake news articles disguised as entertaining satire have become a popular annoyance over the last two years. Indiscreet social media users often cause such stories to go viral as they apparently only glance at headlines without checking authenticity before passing them along… or they share the story as entertainment with friends. Nevertheless, the social media masses may eventual garble the false stories with genuine news.
The Huzler and Celebtricity websites contain identical disclaimers which proclaim that both sites contain “a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief”.
Ebola victims in Africa have not risen from the dead as zombies. Such stories are unmistakeably false, and have been published by satirical entertainment websites such as Huzlers and Celebtricity.