Introduction It didn’t hit instantly, which was probably why it wasn’t caught until it was too late.
A virus, probably created in a lab somewhere for whatever reason, evil scientists probably cackling like evil scientists are wont do, nobody really remembers, or cares. It was the type to lay dormant, spreading itself on the wind until most of America was infected...then it struck, almost all at once. Scientists estimate that somewhere around 200 million, a staggering sixty percent, of the American population was affected by the virus when most of the cases inevitably decided to activate, hitting large population centers the worst. For the most part, those still unaffected have a version of the virus that has just lain dormant for longer, waiting to activate at any time. The virus attacked the brain itself, creating misformed proteins called prions that replicated until the higher order brain functions were all but destroyed. Mercifully, the decay wouldn’t take long once the virus activated itself. A few days at most, maybe a few hours if one was lucky. Once it was done, the victims would be reduced to primitives, driven by their basest instincts. To hunt, to kill. They weren’t too choosy about their prey either. A zombie apocalypse.