I'm sure like me as soon as you hear the words zombie apocalypse you think it must be from a movie and not something that could happen in real life.
Or could it?
I've seen a lot of zombie movies and always thought it is just a movie and couldn't happen in real life. I saw World War Z a zombie movie recently
and it really made me think, is this type of scenario really a possibility?
The symptoms of being a zombie are insanity, rage, total loss of rational brain function, strong appetite to eat raw flesh and complete disregard for
one's own safety.
Could a virus or disease cause similar symptoms? A mutated version of the rabies virus with increased adrenaline or something like that could cause
zombie like symptoms.
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are
similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific
symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation
(increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.
I mention rabies as an example which most people are probably familiar with but there are a vast array of exotic viruses and diseases which could
mutate and/or blend and cause zombie like symptoms in humans.
A virus or disease which is transmitted through saliva or biting the victim is highly contagious and causes rapid brain infection is a possibility.
Symptoms to cause a zombie like state would include loss of higher functions and reasoning centres in the brain, loss of memory, uncontrollable
appetite for flesh or raw meat, massively increased adrenaline could cause seemingly superhuman strength and resistance to pain and injury.
No one’s expecting the dead to rise again, of course, but there are so-called neurotropic viruses that attack our brains and cause aggressive or
Some existing neurotropic viruses are already the stuff of nightmares. For instance, “rabies is pretty scary on its own,” said Kartik
Chandran, a microbiologist and immunologist at the Albert Einstein College in New York who studies the deadly Ebola virus. (In the movie and book, the
zombie plague is first misidentified as rabies.)
Like the mythical zombie virus, rabies is transferred through biting. Once inside your body, the virus travels directly to your brain and “makes you
go nuts and go and bite more people,” he said. More than 55,000 people, mostly in Africa and Asia, die from rabies every year, which is one person
every ten minutes, according to the World Rabies Day website. Most infected people are bitten by rabid wildlife.
How would a “zombie virus” arise? One possibility is that two viruses could join together and form a hybrid.
Viruses work by copying their genetic material within human cells. If there are two viruses in the same cell, one virus may accidentally jump on a
genetic copy that belongs to the other virus. The progenitor to the human HIV virus may have arisen this way in Africa when a chimpanzee and monkey
virus combined, Chandran explained.
But there’s another way that a mutant virus can arise: if there’s a glitch in the genetic copying machinery of an existing virus. Sometimes,
one of these mutations confers an advantage to the virus that allows the mutated strain to outcompete others and quickly take over the world.
That’s why the concept of a World War Z-like viral plague is not so far-fetched.
So it would seem there is a biological possibility based on medical science that a super virus or disease could actually mutate and evolve into
something very similar to a zombie virus, which I thought was only in the movies.
I'm not saying the zombie apocalypse will happen anytime soon but I think it is a distinct possibility, albeit a very very remote one.
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“I think that the Zombie Virus already exists (almost): Rabies. Infection is nearly 100 percent lethal, i.e. it turns you into the walking dead
(for a while at least), and it causes you to change your behavior by reprogramming you to bite other people to spread the infection. Now if only it
kept the corpse walking around,” Jonathan D. Dinman, PhD, Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of
Some conspiracy theorists say a zombie virus is already here and its known as LQP-79. This virus is allegedly a “mental virus infection” that
derived from the 79th attempt at developing a “Lysergic Quinine Protein” in a bid to create a mind control substance. According to theories, the
virus was supposed to be contained to training facilities, but not only have samples been released, the media is playing cover-up by hiding
information on this story from the public. Obviously, this story has been proven time and time again to be a hoax, but it has become so popular that
even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged the term “LQP-79″ had been one of the top searched terms on the government
agency’s website in May 2012.
I believe the US and Russia had extensive biological warfare programs during the cold war and beyond and we can only speculate as to what was created
and what viruses and diseases where genetically modified for greater lethality.
The Walking Dead Doomsday and its flesh-eating monsters might be all fictional but Zombie Apocalypse could really happen in the future. JEB Editor
Michael Dickinson introduced certain group of parasites that can infest brain and control the behavior of its host.
In an article by JEB reporter Kathryn Knight, she tackled Dickinson's findings about a specific type of parasites with the ability to control
behavior of an individual by infesting his or her nervous system and influence behavior.
"The fact that parasites can so efficiently alter host behaviour is fascinating," Michael Dickinson, from the University of Washington
The parasites have already been linked with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. The worst about the condition is it has no known cure for it
so far and researchers are just starting to determine what other effects these parasites can do to the brains of its hosts.
The more I see on infectious viruses and diseases the more disturbing it gets. There are a vast array of incredibly nasty and lethal pathogens which
are constantly mutating and evolving. Our use and overuse of antibiotics is creating new antibiotic resistant bacteria which we have no effective
means to combat. Although I think the probability of a zombie like pathogen mutating and causing an epidemic or pandemic is extremely low I think it
is possible and could happen.
Now don't act all surprised when the zombie apocalypse happens.