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November 04, 2011

Is the stench of massed zombies toxic?

Straight Dope turns to Mark Twain for... the wrong answer. While people still fear miasmas, they shouldn't (via AoSHQ).

However funky their smell, dead bodies aren’t especially dangerous, setting aside those that are trying to eat your brain. Precautions may be in order when the cause of death is an infectious disease. (Tuberculosis is said to be especially problematic.) But for the most part toxic pathogens are waterborne, not airborne. True, some germs can be spread by aerosol droplets, but these are exhaled only by the living. The dead have stopped breathing, and one assumes the undead have, too.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 4, 2011 08:57 AM