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.
Getty In this picture taken on April 29, 2021, an engineer shows a plastic model of the COVID-19 coronavirus. A rumor has been spreading that coronavirus patients are turning into zombies and coming back to life.
Search trends have recently been increasing for phrases like “patient infected with coronavirus comes back to life” or “patient infected with coronavirus turning into zombie.” But when searching for any articles based on the rumors, nothing comes up. As you can see in the Google search below, quite a few stories about coronavirus turning people into zombies can be traced back to Channel 22 News.
Or this one: “Sources say that in Chad they found a kid, Carl W. who happened to test positive with Covid-19. You can share it on many social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Reddit, or other places.
Back on March 29, the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management posted a warning about a different story shared by Channel 22, writing: “Channel 22 News is a FAKE NEWS Site that has been causing an overload of calls to our 911 centers. It’s worth noting that when the virus was first discovered in China, there were some rumors about patients acting strangely.
Express reported in January that disturbing footage showed some patients acting kind of like zombies. At the time, information was strictly locked down in China, and it was hard to make sense of what was real and what was not.
In fact, six people were even arrested in Malaysia for spreading misinformation about coronavirus, The Japan Times reported. Those January rumors were the result of information being so strictly locked down in China that it was tough to get the facts.
Are there viruses in the plant and animal kingdom that mimic the symptoms of zombies in popular culture? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the main national public health institute in the United States, has a zombie preparedness guide.
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.
Obeying instructions from the virus, the newly infected cell sprouts multi pronged tentacles studded with viral particles. The authors of the new study, an international team led by researchers at the University of California San Francisco in the US, say the virus uses these newly sprouted tentacles to become better at capturing new cells.
The scientists also believe they have found several drugs that could make it more difficult for the virus to create these new zombie cells. These medicines, many of which were designed as cancer treatments, seem likely to work because they block the chemical signals that start these tentacles in the first place.
Scientists set out to identify the chemical signals and chain of events that take place when a virus meets and infects a host cell. Like space invaders in a science fiction tale, the virus was known to dock on the surface of the much larger cell.
A viral landing party came aboard, opened the doors and hijacked the cell’s usual function, making it a factory for replication. Typically, a speedy rise in infected cells will make a victim feel sick and also help the virus to spread to other people.
Many viruses change the cells they infect, and growing tentacles is one way they do it, says Columbia University virologist Angela L. Rasmussen. Columbia University microbiologist Stephen P. Goff says people should not assume the tentacles are necessarily infecting neighboring cells with the virus.
This strongly suggests that this tentacle are somehow amping up the virus ability to infect cells, he agreed. Most of us believe that the idea of zombies should be confined to the horror section of our preferred movie providers.
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. He claimed that this resets the mind to its primal survival instincts, which is a zombielike state.
However, any “stimulation” from another person during this time made these patients “go berserk.” For what it’s worth, Cummings works in an advisory capacity for the Zombie Research Society, “an organization dedicated to the historic, cultural, and scientific study of the living dead.” 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. Furthermore, she warned that this mutated strain could spread around the world and cause a condition almost identical to the typical view of a zombie.
For example, what if an individual or a group of people take it upon themselves to create a mutation of such a virus for the so-called “greater good” of the planet? 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.
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.
In addition, it would infect a large portion of the world’s population equally rapidly. 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.