Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on the hit series The Walking Dead, has contracted Ebola while filming in Africa.
Representatives from AMC revealed the show was filming an upcoming episode in Sudan and hired locals to play zombies. In an incredibly ironic happening, Gurira was bitten by an overzealous actor, and subsequently contracted the deadly Ebola virus.
President and CEO of AMC Networks Josh Sapan stated, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Danai Gurira and her family as she battles this horrible disease. Much like her character on the show, Gurira is a true fighter. We will stand by her side and do everything in our power to ensure she receives the best care possible.”
“Every effort is made to protect everyone involved with the production of AMC shows,” he continued. “This unfortunate, isolated incident is being thoroughly investigated and we are cooperating fully with CDC personnel and healthcare officials.”
The Zimbabwean-American actress was flown to Atlanta, Georgia after her symptoms began to manifest a few days after the bite. Production has been halted, while the entire cast and production have been placed in isolation to ensure the virus does not spread. The quarantine is expected to force the show to be rewritten or temporarily halted while Gurira is in recovery.