Zombies will rise in three days. The ones that will come knocking on your door this Halloween will only look the part.
But there are real diseases that cause people to take on the horror movie characteristics. The medical community is keeping a close watch on them.
"These legends and these stories had to have come from somewhere so there actually is a whole science of people looking back, where would this idea have come from," Christopher Ziebell, M.D. said.
Dr. Christopher Ziebell, director of the Emergency Medical Department at University Medical Center Brackenridge says there are several diseases that cause patients to exhibit zombie-like behavior.
One is the human equivalent of mad cow disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
"At first it causes hyper-agitation, psychiatric type symptoms but eventually it becomes more like Alzheimer's to where they become more and more forgetful and less and less able to interact," Ziebell said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the United States has reported between 279 and 352 cases a year.
In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schlozman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living Dead External Web Site Icon and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. The Zombie Survival Guide External Web Site Icon identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASA External Web Site Icon Venus External Web Site Icon probe (as in Night of the Living Dead External Web Site Icon), as well as mutations of existing conditions such as prions External Web Site Icon, mad-cow disease External Web Site Icon, measles External Web Site Icon and rabies External Web Site Icon.
my mother (DOD 12/14/97 confirmed hvCJD), and many more of our loved ones, were anything but zombie like. my mom was more like linda blair in the exorcist, where she did everything but spin her head 360 degrees, she levitated in bed, where it took 3 grown adults to hold here down. reminded me more of like mad cow disease than zombies, so please Dr. Christopher Ziebell , call it what it is, not what you wish it would be. sporadic CJD has now been linked to atypical BSE and atypical Scrapie, all of which have been documented here in the USA. as well, CWD is very worrisome to scientist of the potential transmission to humans, so please, enough of the zombies. ...
this isn’t a joke, or a Halloween prank, CJD TSE human prion disease is real. ...
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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