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Could Scientists Detect a ‘Zombie’ Virus Before an Outbreak Occurred?

Could Scientists Detect a ‘Zombie’ Virus Before an Outbreak Occurred?

Could Scientists Detect a 'Zombie' Virus Before an Outbreak Occurred?

A hypothetical zombie virus would be unlikely to evade current technology.

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There’s no way around it: Viruses are scary. They’re invisible to the naked eye, they can be difficult to get rid of and many are capable of spreading quickly. That’s why it’s important to detect a disease-causing virus before it has the chance to infect so many people that it’s impossible to contain.

Failure to detect and contain a deadly virus early enough to prevent an outbreak is a key component of the story in AMC’s sci-fi series “Fear the Walking Dead” (which airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. CDT, starting Aug. 12). The show, now in its fourth season, follows characters as they try to survive in a world that’s been overcome by a deadly zombie virus.

Fortunately, in the real world, scientists have developed multiple techniques for detecting viruses quickly — and, hopefully, before an outbreak were to occur. [The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth]