Health officials have confirmed that eight neurosurgery patients at a hospital in New Hampshire “may have been exposed” – unwittingly, of course – to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Apparently, ordinary sterilization of surgical instruments is not enough to kill the prion proteins of CJD. As a result, at least 8 patients – and possibly up to 13 – were exposed to the prion disease.
The first patient underwent surgery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH in May, and subsequently passed away in August. The CJD diagnosis, however, has not yet been confirmed, as a detailed study of the patient’s brain has not yet been completed.
The story gets even worse, however: Some of the surgical equipment used on the first patient was actually rented out to hospitals in other states, meaning the total of potentially exposed could reach into the hundreds.
As I’ve mentioned previously in other articles, prion diseases are one of the most dangerous classes of biological warfare that DARPA scientists have ever worked with: They’re unstable and are extremely difficult to control. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is literally the human analogue of “Mad cow” disease in animals, and can affect the brain in ways that even the sickest of scientific criminals wouldn’t dare play lightly with in the laboratory. It has even been speculated that CJD, alone or with genetic modification – could cause something similar to a “zombie outbreak”. As Cracked notes:
In the movie 28 Days Later, it was a virus that turned human beings into mindless killing machines. In real life, we have a series of brain disorders that do the same thing. They were never contagious, of course. Then, Mad Cow Disease came along. It attacks the cow’s spinal cord and brain, turning it into a stumbling, mindless attack cow.
And, when humans eat the meat …
How it can result in zombies:
When Mad Cow gets in humans, they call it Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Check out the symptoms:
- Changes in gait (walking)
- Lack of coordination (for example, stumbling and falling)
- Muscle twitching
- Myoclonic jerks or seizures
- Rapidly developing delirium or dementia
If the whole sudden, mindless violence idea seems far-fetched, remember that you are just one brain chemical (serotonin) away from turning into a mindless killing machine (they’ve tested it by putting rats in Deathmatch-style cages and watching them turn on each other). All it would take is a disease that destroys the brain’s ability to absorb that one chemical and suddenly it’s a real-world 28 Days Later.
So, imagine such an evolved disease, which we’ll call Super Mad Cow (or, Madder Cow) getting a foothold through the food supply. Say this disease spreads through blood-on-blood contact, or saliva-on-blood contact. Now you have a Rage-type virus that can be transmitted with a bite.
Mad cow in animals has been shown to be caused by cannibalism – when a farm animal is fed parts of the same species (specifically, the brain matter). So, it’s safe to say that the Department of Defense has had a keen interest in promoting a “zombie virus” (which, of course, wouldn’t be a “virus”, per se, but rather, a “zombie prion” ; Why do you think Plum Island and their new facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, KS – which have both been protested against extensively for decades and seem to hemorrhage money right and left – focus on animal diseases while the CDC and other human health agencies have been been crumbling for years?
Opposed to the building of the NBAF is R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry noted:
“An inadvertent disease outbreak from the proposed NBAF would likely severely harm the very sectors of the U.S. economy and U.S. population that the NBAF is supposed to protect: the U.S. livestock herd, U.S. cattle producers and U.S. consumers.
Every year, about 350 cases of sporadic CJD pop up around the country, but this cluster of cases could point to something far more sinister going on in the medical industry.
Sporadic CJD is thought to arise from a spontaneous refolding of normal prion proteins into a disease-causing conformation within an individual’s brain. The abnormally folded proteins then catalyze refolding of other normal prion proteins, eventually causing a lethal sponge-like encephalopathy. About 350 cases of sporadic CJD have been diagnosed annually in the U.S. in recent years, according to the CDC.
The sporadic form differs from so-called variant CJD, transmitted via ingestion of misfolded prion proteins from food animals such as beef cattle, and popularly referred to as mad cow disease.
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