Alert 8.21.14


It has been over two years since a necrotic infection began its rampage through Asia and the countries of the Pacific Rim, killing more than 5 billion people, including several hundred thousand in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The necrotic infection began suddenly on or around January 7, 2012 in a small village in China and had spread widely and rapidly before effective defensive measures could be put in place worldwide. In the U.S., the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California were most severely affected by the outbreak, with scattered infections happening in Montana, Idaho, and Nevada. No one knows why the infection did not spread beyond the Pacific Northwest region, but signs point to a moratorium on all forms of interstate and worldwide travel put in place soon after the infection claimed its first U.S. victims as helping to stop the spread.

The 2012 infection lasted approximately one year, and during that time all known zombies either decayed enough to succumb to their physical limitations or were destroyed by pockets of human survivors. Research is ongoing in the origins, progression, and transmission of necrotic infection. One of our best sources of information remains the field notes of Dr. Robert Twombly, a physician in Seattle, Washington who kept a journal while fleeing the infection and was able to record his day-to-day experiences living among the undead. Dr. Twombly’s manuscript was found inside an empty cottage at the edge of Hudson Bay in northern Canada. The fate and whereabouts of Dr. Twombly are unknown.

It is feared that the Salt Lake City area might one day experience an outbreak of necrotic infection. To be prepared for such an eventuality, Governor Herbert has created a task force to study the 2012 outbreak and devise plans for defensive action. In joining the task force, we are charged with….