Originally Posted by WhiteWhale
I'm not sure that the infection is lethal to a living person. They just reanimate after their death. I do think a bite from the mouth of a rancid zombie would be lethal though. That's, you know, very unclean. Blood poisoning and such.
I think they're all infected, I just don't think the zombie virus itself kills anyone.
I'm pretty sure the virus itself is lethal. That's pretty much the whole point. If people that got bit didn't die from the virus, there wouldn't be any sense of urgency. They could just let them stay with the group and die of old age or natural causes.
I'm trying to think of people from the show that got bit but I'm having trouble. The only one that comes to mind is the guy that went crazy shoveling graves back in ATL. After the walkers attacked the camp, he had gotten bit on the stomach. The black chick noticed he was looking sickly and pale and questioned him about it. The bite itself wasn't even that major (he was able to hide it from the others) but his health deteriorated pretty rapidly. Plus the characters in the show seem to have a wealth of cuts and scrapes that never seem to get infected. It has to be the virus.