Previously we touched on one public health specialist’s belief that a disease similar to mad cow could be the start of a zombie pandemic (see: Expert Warns of Zombie Prions). Now a disturbing new strain of mad cow in humans, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), has proven to infect and kill younger people, cause much more gruesome symptoms, and be transmitted from person-to-person in new and deadly ways.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that vCJD is an invariably fatal brain disease, with an incubation period measured in years, and an unconventional transmissible agent. The new dangers of this strain are echoed by the US National Institute of health:
“It may be possible to transmit vCJD through blood and related blood products such as plasma. Some animal studies suggest that contaminated blood may transmit the disease. Furthermore, scientists have no way of determining whether fluids are infectious or not.”
The rapid evolution of the prion that causes variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease has alarming implications for the study of zombiism. If vCJD becomes easily transmitted from one human to another through casual and/or sexual contact, like HIV, it could spell certain death to massive segments of the global population. And with only minor tweaks in the strain’s composition, a zombie pandemic could be not far behind.