They have no sense of right and wrong, no ability to plan, and no impulse control, all of which indicate a lack of a functioning frontal lobe of the brain. While there are no viruses that can cause neurons to fire in an already deceased brain and thus reanimate a corpse, there are infectious diseases that mimic some standard zombie characteristics while a patient is still alive.
Another neurobehavioral disorder, Kluver-Bucy syndrome, has symptoms that include hyperorality (the urge to put inappropriate things in your mouth), an inability to recognize normal objects, dementia, and a tendency toward a confused, catatonic state while being prone to violent outbursts. Encephalitis lethargic, also called “sleeping sickness,” causes hallucinations and puts its sufferers into a catatonic state while making them prone to violent outbursts if roused.
It is feasible that one could evolve, for example, if two viruses infect the same cell, to cut off higher brain function and induce starvation. Dr Sabrina Stairway earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Cornell University and is now a Professor of Physics at Occidental College.
It is one of the greatest fears of humanity, inspired by a bulk of Hollywood movies, and scientists do believe that a zombie outbreak could happen. While it would be impossible to believe that the dead would rise and feed on the living, experts do think that a parasite could affect the brain or a virus could evolve.
Wendy Ingham, who was involved in the study, says that the team tested the parasite on mice which were ultimately unfazed by the presence of a predator once infected. Rabies has a modification effect on animals (Image: GETTY)She warned that toxoplasma is dangerous: “The idea that this parasite knows more about our brains than we do, and has the ability to exert desired change in complicated rodent behavior, is absolutely fascinating.
“Toxoplasma has done a phenomenal job of figuring out mammalian brains in order to enhance its transmission through a complicated life cycle.” A zombie outbreak IS possible (Image: GETTY)Dr. Ben Newman, a professor of virology at the University of Reading, believes that a virus such as rabies could evolve and conquer humanity.
In 2014, Gordon Lu bold came into possession of intriguing classified US military documents dated April 30, 2011. In them, he discovered details of a genuine US military plan to combat a zombie outbreak.
Peter Cummings, a scientist from Boston University, states that several diseases and conditions already exist that could cause someone to be viewed as a zombie. According to Cummings, the key to understanding the potential for these conditions to produce zombie traits was to examine the shutdown of the frontal lobe of the brain.
When thinking of zombies, most people conjure up images of the dead rising from their graves. She stated that the rising dead was an unlikely scenario, but the mutation of a virus similar to rabies wasn’t.
With the slave trade, these traditions and practices made the journey to many parts of the Americas. In recent times, Haiti has become one of the epicenters of modern cases of “zombies.” In fact, the notion of voodoo permeates the mindset of the population.
Without a doubt, one of the most controversial claims of real -life zombies came from Wade Davis of Harvard University. Even more intriguing was Davis’s claims that criminals were turned into zombies in antiquity to stop their wayward behavior.
Ultimately, he stated that creating zombies was achieved through a mixture of secret natural toxins. Other believed that such discoveries, if true, would be of great interest to secret military projects.
In one intriguing account, Huston tells of being invited to study hoodoo rituals up close. A hoodoo priest gave permission for the unique opportunity, and Huston eventually performed several rituals herself.
The main worry is that these natural methods will be replicated in a science lab and used against the general population. For example, many natural zombies are created when a parasite enters the nervous system of an animal through the food chain.
This is most often an effort to bring the animal out into the open and in full view of its natural predators. When successful, the parasite then passes along to the predator in the same way as it entered the originally infected host.
According to Penn State’s David Hughes, this turns the animals into “a fungus in ants’ clothing!” Stephen Kane, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside, certainly has a unique theory as to why aliens have not visited Earth.
It would probably take the world’s scientists and medical experts by complete surprise and on the back foot. When we view the idea of zombies in those terms, the prospect doesn’t appear so laughable regardless of how unlikely it is to happen.
Some researchers insist that the intelligence world is seeking to turn people into zombies through the use of drugs and mind control. They're invisible to the naked eye, they can be difficult to get rid of and many are capable of spreading quickly.
There are hundreds of known viruses that scientists can quickly identify by recognizing their unique sequence of nucleic acids, but some are easier to find than others. Nonetheless, Aronoff-Spencer said scientists have developed technology to detect viruses accurately and rapidly.
The reason a quick turnaround time doesn't usually happen when people get blood tests now is because of logistics and cost, but the technology is there, Aronoff-Spencer explained. In that situation, it might take days to figure out what the new virus was and where it came from, and by that time, it could be too late to prevent an outbreak.
Shocking footage posted on social media has revealed the extent of the infection, with video showing people suddenly collapsing to the street in broad daylight. In one disturbing clip posted online, a man can be seen lying unresponsive on the floor of a hospital while medics wearing hazmat suits and gas masks attempt to help him.
Another horrifying video shows a man reportedly dead on the ground with blood pouring from his head, as two men in hazmat suits try to move him onto a stretcher. Other footage showed chaotic queues and brawls erupting in hospitals (Image: IG)Residents in Wuhan have been told to avoid crowds and public gatherings after all transport links in the city of 11 million were shut down yesterday.
Inside the city, there is panic about a potential food shortage after images showed supermarket shelves completely empty amid panic-buying from locals. This morning, footage appears to show that tanks and officers from the Chinese People Liberation Army had moved into the city, which has been dubbed “zombie land”.
There are increasing claims of a cover-up from Chinese authorities after Wuhan Railway deleted a social media post from January 15 that said 300,000 people left the city. Living dead images from The Truth Behind Zombies on National Geographic Channel.
It begins as an outbreak: humans exhibiting an extreme level of violence, entranced states and a descent into madness. Within days, the epidemic has spread, with fear and tales of the walking dead gripping the planet.
With commentary from zombie enthusiasts and cult experts, virologists and mathematical epidemiologists, this unique show separates the truths from the fiction that surrounds one of popular cultures most tangible monsters. “Santa Clarita Diet” follows realtor couple Joel (Timothy Elephant) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore).
After a property showing gone wrong, Sheila winds up dead before mysteriously coming back to life appearing no worse for the wear. While Sheila and Joel fumble through assimilating to zombie life, the show ends up leaving viewers with a lot of unanswered questions about Sheila's mysterious illness by the end of the season's ten episodes.
INSIDER watched the first season and rounded up everything we learned about zombies on “Santa Clarita Diet.” The couple's brainy teenage neighbor Eric explains that the undead are driven by their desires.
As Sheila mentions in the premiere episode, being undead has done wonders for her sex life with her husband. In the season one finale, Dr. Wolf (Portia de Rossi) offers a few suggestions including a mutation of the rabies virus or a resurgence of an ancient plague, but she said speculation was pointless.
Eric suggests in the premiere that most new viruses come from animals such as monkeys or bats. When Joel seeks out the translations of two pictures he discovers that appear to depict his wife's ailment, he learns that her symptoms mirror an ancient Serbian plague.
Novak's grandmother tells Joel the images are representative of a story she was told as a little girl about a village that turned into monsters in Serbia. She tells him the pictures he found come from an old, rare book that supposedly contains a cure.
When Sheila first discovered she was undead, she was fine eating raw meat straight out of the freezer. In an early episode, she tells her husband she hadn't eaten in two days before they find her someone to sink her teeth into.
We see Sheila stabbed numerous times in season one with objects ranging from knives to dinner plates, but they never cause her any harm. In episode five, Sheila and Joel are blackmailed into killing a drug dealer/murderer Loki Hayes by their neighbor, LAPD Sheriff Deputy Dan, after he discovers the couple murdered one of their real estate coworkers.
Though they try to make an elaborate plan, Sheila and Joel aren't methodical killers like Dexter who can get rid of a body quietly. After an embarrassing showdown, Loki makes the slip and Sheila and Joel lose sight of him.
Loki is seen in a motel room covered in a heinous shade of yellow vomit, similar to Sheila in the show's premiere. Loki is seen waking up meaning the virus Sheila managed to get can be transferred to other people.
She then makes multiple attempts at reattaching it involving hot glue and needle and thread until she damaged it completely with a hammer and nail. Soon after, Sheila starts exhibiting signs of becoming feral when she nearly chomps down on her husband's fingers in the bedroom.
When Sheila asks how long she has before she ultimately loses control, Dr. Wolf says she's unsure but that it will be a progression. We know Sheila can't be injured; however, when she and Joel go after a combined Loki, they're able to end his life by impaling him through the head.
Dr. Wolf offers hope in the finale when she starts prepping a remedy for Sheila from a copy of a book from hundreds of years ago filled with a Serbian cure. Disclosure: Mathias Opener, CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, is a Netflix board member.