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The Living Dead

The Living Dead

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A research essay I did for my English class. I had to rush it a little to meet the deadline, so it isn't as good as it could have been. I may re-do it later when I have time.
A research essay I did for my English class. I had to rush it a little to meet the deadline, so it isn't as good as it could have been. I may re-do it later when I have time.

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The Living Dead: Is such an attack possible, and howwould we survive one?Jordan J. FanucchiPeriod 2 Adv. English II
 
How possible is a zombie attack? You may say impossible, that it’s just fiction, butthat could be a grave mistake. The correct answer is possible, but improbable. There areseveral ways a zombie could be created, but not all of them are even remotely likelyand/or capable of a mass outbreak of vicious zombies. One way a Zombie could occur isthe Voodoo zombie. Now, the voodoo zombie isn’t all that dangerous, and is in no wayinfectious at all. Realistically, ignoring Black Magic and other possibly fake means of zombification, the voodoo zombie may be created with an employment of naturalneurotoxins. For example: the poison from a Japanese Fugu blowfish. These neurotoxinsslow your body functions to a point where you would be considered dead. With the use of a drug like datura stramonium or some from of Alkaloids, the victim may be ‘revived’ ina trance-like state, possibly wit no memory. Obviously, these zombies are not infectious,and tend to not be vicious or cannibalistic. But they still are extremely creepy.Another possible zombie creation method is a ‘rage virus’ as seen in the move ’28days later’. Now, obviously the virus seen in that movie does not exist, but there areseveral realistic possibilities as to a real rage virus. A rare disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakobdisease, is just one of these. It is the disease found when a human is infected with MadCow Disease. The symptoms are as follows:
 
Blurred vision (sometimes)
Changes in gait (walking)
Hallucinations
Lack of coordination (for example, stumbling and falling)
Muscle twitching
Muscle stiffness
Myoclonic jerks or seizures
 Nervous, jumpy feelings
Personality changes
Profound confusion, disorientation
Rapidly developing delirium or dementia
Sleepiness
Speech impairmentAdditional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
Memory loss
Anxiety, stress, and tensionSounds a lot like a zombie, doesn’t it? Now, this disease is rare, occurring in about 1 inevery 1 million person. But, imagine a mass contamination of this disease. This wouldlikely result in an outbreak, possibly widespread, of a real rage virus.Another possibility for the rage virus is an evolved form of the rabies disease. Alreadywe know Rabies is transferred via bite or saliva.In the beginning stages of rabies, the symptoms are malaise, headache, and fever,while in later stages it includes acute pain, violent movements, uncontrolledexcitements, depressions, and the inability to swallow water (hence the name
hydrophobia
). In the final stages, the patient begins to have periods of mania andlethargy, and coma. Death generally occurs due to respiratory insufficiency. Now, the rabies virus takes a few months, typically, to take effect. If there was amutation, allowing it to travel faster, say, perhaps a few days, we would then see a ragevirus style zombie with a short incubation period.

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