Originally posted by tpeele
reply to post by Blitzkreigen
yeah i guess so
Here is the DATA: www.fas.org...
613. Clinical Course of Radiation Sickness.
The three syndromes described follow a similar clinical pattern that can be divided into three phases: an initial or prodromal phase occurring during
the first few hours after exposure; a latent phase, which becomes shorter with increasing dose; and the manifest phase of clinical illness. The time
of onset and degree of the transient incapacitation of the initial phase, the duration of the latent period, as well as the time of onset and severity
of the clinical phase and ultimate outcome are all to a variable extent, dose dependent.
a. Prodromal Phase. The initial phase of prodromal symptoms is characterized by the relatively rapid onset of nausea, vomiting, and malaise. This is a
nonspecific clinical response to acute radiation exposure. It is not diagnostic of the degree of radiation injury; however, in the absence of
associated trauma and an early onset, it does suggest a large radiation exposure. This radiogenic vomiting should not be confused with psychogenic
vomiting which results from stimulation of the central nervous system by the sight/odor of blood, mutilation, vomitus, or excrement. The duration of
this prodromal phase is short, generally a few hours, and the incapacitation should not be severe enough to warrant evacuation of military personnel
away from their units.
b. Latent Phase. Following recovery from the prodromal phase, there will be a latent phase during which the exposed individual will be relatively
symptom-free. The length of this phase varies with the dose and the nature of the later clinical phase. The latent phase is longest preceding the
bone-marrow depression of the hematopoietic syndrome and may vary between 2 and 6 weeks. It is somewhat shorter prior to the gastrointestinal
syndrome, lasting from a few days to a week. It is shortest of all preceding the neurovascular syndrome, lasting only a matter of hours. These times
are exceedingly variable and may be modified by the presence of other disease or injury. Because of the extreme variability, it is not practical to
hospitalize all personnel suspected of having radiation injury early in the latent phase unless radiation injury has reliably been diagnosed. Instead,
it is much more reasonable to wait until the onset of the phase of clinical illness or the development of significant hematopoietic suppression as
indicated by the individual's peripheral blood profile.
c. Manifest Phase. This phase presents with the clinical symptoms associated with the major organ system injured (marrow, intestine, neurovascular
system). A summary of essential features of each syndrome and the doses at which they would be seen in young healthy adults exposed to short, high
dose single exposures is shown in Figure 6-I. The details of the clinical courses of each of the three syndromes are subsequently described.
a. Patients who have received doses of radiation in the low to midlethal range will have depression of bone-marrow function with cessation of
blood-cell production leading to pancytopenia. Changes within the peripheral blood profile will occur as early as 24 hours post irradiation. The exact
time sequence of the depression of various circulating cell lines will vary. Lymphocytes will be depressed most rapidly and erythrocytes least
rapidly. Other leukocytes and thrombocytes will be depressed somewhat less rapidly than lymphocytes. The time of onset of the depression of cellular
production in the marrow will vary considerably, and the concomitant clinical problems of a tendency toward uncontrolled hemorrhage, decreased
resistance to infection, and anemia will likewise vary considerably from as early as 10 days to as much as 6 to 8 weeks after exposure.
b. A reasonable average time of onset of clinical problems of bleeding and anemia and decreased resistance to infection is 2 to 3 weeks. In general,
the severity of the hematological depression will be dose dependent, and the more severe phases of bone-marrow depression will occur earlier. However,
even lethal cases of bone-marrow depression may not occur until 6 weeks after exposure. The presence of other injuries will increase the severity and
accelerate the time of maximum bone-marrow depression
Long Story Short.... you get sick, then you get symptom free for a while, excluding injuries and internal bleeding, then you relapse and die up to 2
to 6 weeks later.
What do you think people are going to do when they feel "symptom free" and obviously there was a Nuke? They can walk around for quite a while.
ZOMBIES MAN, ZOMBIES...... Literally walking dead.
Go ahead... laugh it up. www.laugh-of-the-day.com...
[edit on 14-6-2008 by Blitzkreigen]