Despite a burgeoning obsession with zombies in the entertainment world, which includes the widely acclaimed AMC series, The Walking Dead, starring Andrew Lincoln, the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, and the upcoming film, World War Z, starring Brad Pitt and Matthew Fox (based on the Max Brooks book), as well as real-life recent cannibal attacks in Miami and Maryland, the Centers for Disease Control is officially declaring that zombies do not exist.

"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)," David Daigle of the CDC wrote to the Huffington Post. This means that the so-called Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome and other such fictional triggers to zombie-like behavior, are, in fact, just that — fictional. "Films have included radiation as well as mutations of exiting conditions such as prions, mad-cow disease, measles, and rabies," to be responsible for zombie outbreaks, Daigle wrote. But, no zombies themselves.

World War Z, which blames the zombie apocalypse on the incurable Solanum virus, is set to hit theaters in June 2013.

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