Actually, I kept looking around and it seems that human saliva was, in laboratory conditions, able to transmit rabies to smaller mammals. So, potentially, a rabid human can effectively transmit the disease through biting. There have reports of infected humans biting care takers, but they are immediately treated, so who knows if they could developed any symptoms.cursedseishi said:shiajun said:Only one problem in your rabies comparison, Yahtzee. Rabies transmission from human to human is dismal in its efectiveness. For the virus, infecting a human most likely means a dead end, because even in the saliva glands the viral load is low. Most human to human transmission has happened from organ transplants.
I do agree with the scenario though, it seems very unlikely for a zombie apocalypse to proceed, unless it's like that 12 second (and no less) zombie conversion in World War Z. Any virus apocalypse is more likely to play out like the movie Contagion, which is chilling in its plausibility. That's more of a horror movie than any zombie flick. People don't need a virus to become lethal in their aggression. Desperation is enough.
EDIT: Quick look-up form WHO says human to human bite is theoretically possible but it has never been confirmed. So yeah, we are pretty good at avoiding rabid humans, and their symptoms severely disabilitate them.
Which is why we go with the logical conclusion here. I'm surprised Yahtzee missed it honestly!
Rabies AIDS. You get all the biting, crazy scratching of Rabies, with the transferring capability of HIV/AIDS. Take that low viral load (thank you), plus it works double on those who are easily seduced by biting and nibbling! It is the perfect combination here, as it covers the others weakness.