Claim: A virus known as LQP-79 produces “zombie-like” cannibalistic behavior in humans.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2012]
I have been hearing about a so called virus known as
Origins: An incident in May 2012 involving a confrontation between two naked men in Miami in which one tried to chew off the face of the other before being shot by police led to myriad comparisons and jokes about the event being an indicator of an impending “zombie apocalypse.” One such jape was that the dead face-eating man had not been high on bath salts (a form of drug) as originally reported (further investigation revealed marijuana but no bath salts in his system) but had been infected with
Although the subject may be grisly, the
Last updated: 12 July 2012
Neal, Meghan. “Officials Say Synthetic Drug in Disguise Behind Recent ‘Cannibal’ Attack.”
[New York] Daily News. 30 May 2012. WFOR-TV [Miami]. “Miami Police Shoot, Kill Man Eating Another Man’s Face.”
26 May 2012. Miami Herald. “No Bath Salts Detected.”
27 June 2012.