More people are preparing for the possibility of an actual Zombie uprising and Apocalypse… ready or not, here they come!
Both in a previous ZZN article and in the book The Zombie Autopsies by Dr. Steven C. Schlozman M.D, the possibility of the proteins known prions (the critters that caused Mad Cow Disease) creating a scientifically plausible Zombie outbreak are explored.
Near the end of Dr. Schlozman’s book, he provides a time line of the spread of the outbreak, and it starts at the end of April, 2011. Though Dr. Schlozman claims his book is fictional, other scientists have discovered that prions are spreading in a new way: through the air.
This could be a case of art imitating life imitating art, but the similarities between this new airborne threat and the one in The Zombie Autopsies is too creepy to ignore.
Let us consider the possibility that the human race may be in more danger than we realize through looking at some terrifying facts:
- Scientists have recently discovered that mind-controlling parasites have been around for millions of years. According to a recent article on livescience.com:
Another case of parasite mind control involves the fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, which essentially turns ants into zombies. It maneuvers the insects into biting down on the major veins of the undersides of leaves just before they die — the fungus then rapidly grows a stalk from their victims’ heads, releasing spores to infect more ants.
Now scientists have discovered what might be ancient evidence of such mind-control-induced death grips — scars on a roughly 48-million-year-old leaf.
“We are now realizing that half of life on Earth is parasitic — each free-living organism has at least one parasite.” said researcher David Hughes, a behavioral ecologist at Harvard University.
2. Mind altering parasites have infected humans in the past. These parasites may contribute to such mental illnesses as schizophrenia. In fact, in a similar article it was revealed parasites may be infecting up to half of the world’s human population right now.
T. gondii infects both wild and domestic cats, but it is carried by many warm-blooded mammals. One recent study showed that the parasite makes normally cautious rats outgoing and more prone to engage in reckless behavior, such as hanging around areas frequently marked by cat urine, making the rats easy targets.
Scientists estimate that the parasite has infected about 3 billion people, or about half of the human population. Studies by researchers in the Czech Republic have suggested T. gondii might have subtle but long-term effects on its human hosts. The parasite is thought to have different, and often opposite effects in men versus women, but both genders appear to develop a form of neuroticism called “guilt proneness.”
Other studies have also found links between the parasite and schizophrenia. T. gondii infection is known to damage astrocytes, support cells in the brain that are also affected during schizophrenia. Pregnant women with high levels of antibodies to the parasite are also more likely to give birth to children who will develop the disorder.
3. A variant of prion called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), attacks humans and leaves its victims violently insane, not unlike those found in the films Zombieland and 28 Days Later. Usually prions are transmitted through blood, saliva, feces and urine, but also through aerosols in mice. This means that a protein that affects the structure of the brain and is untreatable and fatal in nearly 100% of cases found is now airborne. Most of the plagues throughout history have spread via airborne methods.
4. If prions can be spread through blood and saliva and historically Zombies attack the same way, is it too far of a reach that humans infected with a brain destroying prion that causes them to become violently mentally ill may bite others, potentially spreading said prion?
5. In The Zombie Autopsies the infection (which, again, was to start at the end of this month) was an airborne strain of influenza fused with prions that selectively destroyed anything human in those infected until only functions vital to survival were left. The majority of this book was scientifically valid and based in fact.
Would an airborne prion that was combined with any of history’s nasty viruses or mind-controlling parasites be enough to start the Zombie Apocalypse? Possibly.
Remember that in both The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Combat Manual it states that the Zombie Plague started with small outbreaks all over the world. Many were too small to be covered or were covered-up by the mass media in a combined effort with world governments. With this in mind, it is more than possible that the Zombie Plague has already begun.
Maybe it is time to start taking those Zombie Survival Preparations a little more seriously. Fortunately for you, ZZN has several resources such as articles, an entire section and book reviews dedicated to Zombie Survival. It’s not too late to save yourself and those you care about!