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The Disease That Makes People Zombies
« on: July 16, 2005, 12:02:37 AM »
The Disease That
Makes People Zombies

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7-15-5
http://www.rense.com/general67/zombies.htm

The very name, sleeping sickness, may give the impression that it is an uncomplicated ailment, which passes after a while, much like a mild fever.
 
But in reality, the complete opposite is true, says Professor Sanjeev Krishna of St George's, University of London and the Wellcome Trust.

At the African hospital where he works in Lucala, about a 10-hour drive from the Angolan capital of Luanda, he see many patients with classic symptoms of the disease.

"At first it will cause headaches, aching muscles and maybe itching.
Nightmarish qualities

"But in the late stages, when the parasites have invaded the brain, the signs become more obvious and ominous.

"Victims find it hard to concentrate. They become irritable, their speech is slurred and they stop eating.

"Their daily rhythm becomes disrupted to such an extent that they can't sleep at night and find it almost impossible to stay awake during the day.
"It even becomes very hard for them to do simple mental tasks, such as drawing a straight line.

"This is an infection that carries nightmarish qualities, reducing many of its victims to a zombie-like state before they go into a coma and die.

"Those that do survive can be left with irreparable brain damage," he said.
In Uganda, every third person is at risk of getting sleeping sickness and in some regions it is a bigger killer than HIV/Aids, he said.

There are no vaccines, no preventative medicines and you can be re-infected - providing you survive the first bout.

Future hope
Sleeping sickness kills about 50,000 people worldwide, according to official records. But Professor Krishna said the real toll was probably much higher.

"At any one time, 60 million people are living under the threat of getting sleeping sickness, but only one in 20 of them will have access to even basic medical facilities."

He said tests used to diagnose and the drugs used treat the disease were decades old and lacking.

"Melarsoprol, which has been around for over half a century, contains arsenic and kills at least 5% of the patients who take it.

"It is so potentially lethal it would never be licensed today, yet we have little choice but to engage in this medical Russian roulette," he said.

The parasite that causes sleeping sickness, called Trypanosoma brucei and carried by tsetse flies, is also learning how to become resistant to the available drugs, making the discovery of new treatments a necessity, he said.

He is hopeful. "With this new sequencing breakthrough, investment and better surveillance and treatment I believe the disease can finally be put to sleep for good."

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2005, 03:36:30 AM »
Have you ever read the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks?  It is a social satire but thats not the point,  he says it is a virus and his web site has links to other zombie fan sites where there are other viruses that cause zombification (is that a word?).  

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2005, 05:49:34 PM »
i purchased that book when it first came out, but let somebody borrow it before i really got to read much of it..  :(  I'll have to get it back soon!!

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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2005, 04:48:24 AM »
He writes in a very dead pan way (pun intended).  No humor and lots of thought.  I think he is poking fun at the militia movement (especially the Y2K people) and does a pretty good job at it.  He is the son of Mel Brooks so comedy and satire is in his blood.  My father doesn't find the idea of it very funny *cough* militia sympathizer *cough* but I find it amusing.

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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2005, 07:57:18 AM »
wow, didn't know that he was Mel Brooks son..I'll be sure to pick up another copy of that as soon as i get paid again.. :D

I don't have anything against militia's per'se, though, i'm sure that there are a lot of militias out there that are secretely working for government agencies, though pretend that they are not... :x

If there are good militias out there, filled with good people, then that's not such a bad thing....Especially when the zombie holocaust breaks out..  :shock:

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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2009, 03:29:20 PM »
I am a HUGE fan of Max Brooks. I found the books very interesting.
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