Zombie Parasite

Parasitism is a type of symbiotic relationship between two different species. The parasite benefits and the host is harmed.” Some Parasites have the potential to cause behavior modification in their effected hosts. This change in behavior has already been documented in many species, including humans. Parasites need a way to transfer from host to host; this could be easily done through the exchange of bodily fluids. This could be done though blood transfusions, unprotected sex or even by biting each other.. It is possible that the parasite to alter a human’s behavior so that he desires to bits and feed on other humans.

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Toxoplasma gondii

A prime example of a parasite affecting the behavior of its host species is in the life cycle of a tiny parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. This T-gondii lives and reproduces in the stomach of cats. It is able to survive the cat’s digestion process and ends up in the feculent. If other animals are to come in contact with the excrement it could cause the animal to become infected. In Infected rats the parasite makes its way to the rat’s brain and alters its behavior. The normally fearful rat becomes attracted to the smell of cats and cat urine. The rats run toward unsuspecting cats and are easily caught. The ingested T-gondii make their way to the cat’s stomach and reproduce to complete the life cycle.

“This would be bad news if this parasite were the affect humans; the scary thing is that up to one third of the world's population is estimated to carry a Toxoplasma infection. Transition is much easier than one would think. Infection can be obtained by ingestion of raw or partly cooked meat, especially pork, lamb, or venison containing Toxoplasma cysts. Oocysts may also be ingested during hand-to-mouth contact after handling undercooked meat, or from using knives, utensils, or cutting boards contaminated by raw meat. Or even from drinking contaminated water may transmit the infection.

The study suggests that male carriers have lower IQs, a tendency to achieve a lower level of education and have shorter attention spans, a greater likelihood of breaking rules and taking risks, and are more independent, anti-social, suspicious, jealous and morose. It also suggests that these men are deemed less attractive to women. Women carriers are suggested to be more outgoing, friendly, more promiscuous, and are considered more attractive to men compared with non-infected controls. The results are shown to be true when tested on mice, though it is still inconclusive.

A few scientists have suggested that, if these effects are genuine, prevalence of toxoplasmosis could be a major determinant of cultural differences. Acute Toxoplasma infection sometimes leads to psychotic symptoms not unlike schizophrenia. The possibility that toxoplasmosis is one cause of schizophrenia has been studied by scientists since at least 1953. These studies had attracted little attention from U.S. researchers until they were publicized through the work of prominent psychiatrist and advocate E. Fuller Torrey. In 2003, Torrey published a review of this literature, reporting that almost all the studies had found that schizophrenics have elevated rates of toxoplasma infection.” (wikipedia.org) This does not sound to far from zombification. If this T-gondii or another similar parasite were able to have a little more control of might just be able to trigger a zombie pandemic.

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