Toxaplama Gondi, the "zombie" Parasite
Here is a link which many may find interesting. If you've ever done research into parasites or venoms which inflict zombie-like symptoms on it's prey, or even suicidal tendencies, you may have heard of this parasite.
It can only procreate in the intestine of a cat. So when it finds a rat, it alters its brain chemistry. Cat's spray a scent to mark their territory, which normally rodents are terrified of. This parasite reverses that and makes rats linger in the sprayed area, making it get eaten by a cat, therefore giving the parasite an opportunity to reproduce in said cat's intestine.
I f*cking love science...
Anyway, now it appears that women living with cats are 1 1/2 times more susceptible to suicidal thoughts and/or actions....coincidence?? I think not.
Though I can't see the direct link between a human owner dying and the parasite getting into the cat, (yet) maybe it's just a by-product of having the parasite. It makes rats suicidal, maybe it happens to humans too. After all, evolution doesn't actually plan ahead in this style. Perhaps one day it will make the cat really want to eat its dead owner.
I think this MAY be possible to evolve into something which bests humans totally.
Parasites, diseases, viruses etc all evolve much quicker than us humans. We have urged them along with chemical warfare (superbugs like MRSA for example) but the bottom line is they are much more simple than us, and their generation gaps are millions of times faster than ours, AND there are potentially millions of offspring for each individual organism, allowing for much, much quicker adaptation.
p.s. Please let's not make this an evolution vs creationism thread.
Oct 28 2012, 6:42 AM EDT by
A Possible Way to Get Rid of the Virus?
So, I saw a troller's thread on using rubbing alcohol to kill the virus. That got me thinking, is there any possible way?
A way I thought of goes like this:
-As soon as bit wrap cloth or rag tightly near bite.
-Give person morphine or anesthesia.
-Grab knife, cut off the limb.
-Wrap in many, many, many layers of cloth.
-Wait for patient to wake up. If person is re-animated kill them, if not keep close eye for 2-3 weeks.
The reason I chose these steps is because warping a rag around the limb prevents or retards blood flow and this may stop the virus for spreading and may make the arm go numb, useful if you have no morphine or anesthesia. Those chemicals make the person fall asleep or feel no pain. The cloth prevents too much blood loss and cutting off the limb may cut of the virus with it. If person is re-animated you kill them as normal and if not you still keep an eye on them just in case. What do you guys think?
Jul 20 2012, 2:27 PM EDT by
how long will it take the zombie virus to spread
it is a good point the one thing about a virus is the fact it is easy to get like the black death in the dark ages where 1/3 of Europe's population died in a short time. anyone has and idea of how long please tell me
Jun 28 2012, 12:00 PM EDT by
a zombie could be many types of moving or thinking. they could just beat you to death or eat you either way your'e ****** ;)
Jun 15 2012, 4:18 PM EDT by
most of you have it wrong, a zombie cannot 'want' to eat your brains that would imply thinking.
Jan 11 2012, 2:03 AM EST by
Real Zombie Virus?
Is there a real zombie virus out there? So far every case I have ever found has been a false alarm. Any suggestions would be cool. Thanks
Nov 30 2011, 3:03 AM EST by
If there was an infection.. How we the world react?
If our time started to run out, or if new adapted bacteria or disease caught up to modern medicine.. dont you think theres a huge chance of something happening? now im not talking about slow, dimwitted zombies.. i mean Dangerous aggressiv humans
It happens to animals.. We were once animals.
Strange things happen to people that isnt always brodcasted to the world... instead kept in secret an hidden away.
what if there was a virus?
when will it happen?
an will there be a cure, or will it be the end of humans?
This thread is meant to get you all thinking. are "zombies"possible an could it happen..
or is it a lie?..i don't think so. I strongly believe that increase of aggressiveness an decay of the flesh well living is Possible.. in my mind zombies COULD happen.
Nov 5 2011, 9:15 PM EDT by
I have heard from a reliable source that in a secret military base, they are holding a virus that causes symptomes like a zombie virus. I believe what this person has said and I just wanted other people to know that there is something that can cause a zombie outbreak.
Oct 19 2011, 7:30 PM EDT by
Sh*t me...Bio-engineered virus....?!?!
Now i'm far from being a doomsayer, but I just found out that Swine Flu was gentically engineered.
I think this is relevant to this site, as many people seem to think that the most likely cause of a zombie outbreak would be a man-made virus. There are many who would say that swine flu was released deliberately to cause a pandemic and make billions from the vaccine.
Who knows what viruses these b*stards are capable of making and willing to inflict on the public? I'm not saying they did, but i'm sure as hell very open to that possibility.
Jul 20 2011, 2:46 PM EDT by
Sweet and Simple
Any enemy, or nonfriendly force that poses a threat to general survival and livelyhood after major natural disaster or attack that rends Society defunct and in a state of anarchy.
Dispose that body
We discuss a lot on how to kill zombies. What guns (or other weapon) we'd use, how we'd do it, and how awesome it would be.
One thing I've never heard is what you plan to do with that disease-ridden body once it's on the ground?
Depending on the type of infection, this could be a biological hazard to anyone being too close to it. I'm seeing some sources that say rabies can last over 24 hours after the body was deceased.
This could provide problems depending on where the zed was taken down at, and how many there were. Would you want the thing rotting in your back yard? How would you dispose of it in your area without risk of contaminating yourself?
This may just be a common sense question, as burning is, no doubt, the best method I can think of. If anything else, I believe this should be a good thought for those who plan on rushing out, guns blazing with Drowning Pool playing in the background.
Mar 30 2011, 6:19 PM EDT by P0LaND
"The Uninfected " web-series
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Mar 5 2011, 3:43 AM EST by
What is a Zombie?
"A zombie is a creature that appears in books, films and popular culture. It is typically a reanimated corpse, or a human being who is being controlled by someone else by use of magic. More recent stories have used a pandemic illness to explain th
Jun 26 2012, 12:53 PM EDT by
Exactly how would a real zombie form? How would they act, how would they work inside, and most important, how will it affect the Non-Zombie people? Any serious contribution is appreciated.
Aug 28 2010, 12:57 PM EDT by
Will this really happen?
Will zombies actually happen. I mean that the world is so far in medicine, that fact that virus that causes a fever to kill brains cells enough to only primitive and violent actions and cause an allergic reaction to a human to cause swelling and/or make a tint in the skin (gray or green) will not break out. The UN would take precautions to destroy it, and if used as a weapon, they would have a solution after the infection. (The crazies) z-day will probably not happen. Please state your ideas of this matter.
Aug 25 2010, 5:47 PM EDT by
Real 'ZOMBIE Virus' Test Subject Footage-SCARY!!
In 1946 the US Department of Defense ran tests on a live virus that had 'zombie-like' side effects. Several subjects received the virus on film. This is partial footage from those tests. LISTEN CLOSELY for the moment when the virus takes hold. DISTURBING. Watch video here>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUyDbkf_C68
Jun 12 2010, 9:09 PM EDT by
The Viral design
Ok Im curious to know if anyone has thought about the specifics of a viral z-day. As in transmission, effect, viral design, etc, etc, etc. Cause it seems like theres all talk about how to kill zombies, which Im all for, but no want to understand how they would work. Maybe I just havent found the right thread. Let me know your thoughts.
Apr 15 2010, 9:22 PM EDT by
Halinespyrovirus, Comatis Ambula and Lyssasangravirus
Can these viruses jump species?
So people infected with this virus are really zombies, unlike rabid people?
Dec 26 2009, 9:12 PM EST by
my survival plan
Dec 19 2009, 5:06 PM EST by