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While searching for this particular article, I came across a different occurrence on Wikipedia called the Corrupted Blood Incident, which actually led to the Great Zombie Plague of '08.
Now, my post isn't about the medical history of WoW. All of this has me curious as to whether or not the game can, or has been, used for real life applications. The Zombie Plague event is one such example of how using an MMO allows for a far better simulation than one can do with a computer model. In an attempt to avoid getting a debuff, many very human behaviors can be seen and their effect on the spread of a "sickness" can be tracked and learned from.
At any rate, the tl;dr is this: Has WoW ever done something like this in coordination with another company? And how would you feel about in game events that would make use of the game this way?