what I hate is that Lee CAN survive a zombie bite by amputating his arm, but it's too late for that now. Sucks, that he will probably die like that when he could've lived, but it's still pretty dramatic.
Originally Posted by John W.
Well, in the show (haven't read enough of the comics to be sure, but I would assume it runs true for both), a CDC scientist states - I believe - that any skin-breaking contact with the infected, whether it's a bite or a scratch, will slowly kill the recipient. A really highly varying time window (between hours and days, usually) passes before they become feverish and fatigued. Eventually they lose consciousness and "die," for all intents and purposes - and are then reanimated as walking corpses, vis-a-vis the disease that all humans apparently have now.
Comics I believe have stated that you can't die from scratches.