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140-41 A.D., Thamugadi, Numidia (Algeria)

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In 140-41 A.D., Lucious Valerius Strabo, Roman governor of Thamugadi, Numidia (Algeria) recorded six small zombie outbreaks among desert nomads. All the outbreaks were crushed by two cohorts from the III Augusta Legionary base, with a total of 134 dispatched zombies, and the cohorts suffering only 5 Roman casualties. Other than the official report, a private journal entry by an army engineer records a significant discovery:

A local family remained imprisoned in their home for at least twelve days while the savage creatures scratched and clawed fruitlessly at their bolted doors, and windows. After we discovered the filth and rescued the family, their manner looked near insane. From what we could gather, the wails of the beasts, day after day, night after night, proved to be merciless form of torture.

This account is the first known recognition of psychological damage caused by a zombie attack. All six incidents, given their chronological proximity, make a credible case for one or more ghouls from earlier attacks "surviving" long enough to reinfect a population.

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead
Max Brooks | Solanum | Zombies | Outbreaks | Recorded Attacks
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