I do believe there's a lot of media hype as stated before;however, I do believe that there are some strange behaviors in general going on. It's really hard to know if things are really changing that much, or if things like this have always happened but we never knew about them because we didn't have 24/7 news shows and the Internet.
I see it as more as media hype than anything else. There have been other incidents of cannibalism related to people using those "bath salts"--a type of illegal drug. It made one poor lady start eating the family dog. If that's not enough reason right there to "Just Say No!" then I don't know what is. Yuck!
Rudy Eugene, however, was not on the 'bath salts' drugs, but did have pot in his system. He is apparently just a deeply disturbed individual.
I agree with the posters here suggesting that a zombie epidemic is highly unlikely. Not that many people will go crazy in the same way at the same time. Mass hysteria is a real phenomenon, but the specific type of collective psychosis in question here seems improbable.
I can say pretty safely that the earth will never be overrun by the walking dead, and that zombies, in the way they are portrayed on movies and television, do not exist. It is also quite a stretch to suggest that the conversion disorder epidemic in LeRoy could in any way make it plausible that a mass cannibalism epidemic would break out. People indeed do strange things, but there is such a strong taboo against cannibalism in our culture that I doubt such a thing would happen.
I highly doubt it. You would have to be awfully disturbed to go off and start trying to eat someone's face off. I know that people do pretty weird stuff because they get the idea from what someone else has done, but I think this is a step or two farther than people are likely to go.