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Transcript of ZOMBIE
By Katie, Megan, Jamison, and Even
Graphs (part 3)
The Zombie Brain
What is going on?
It was first detected in 1959. It is different from other strains because of how infectious it is and how it mutates so quickly.
Europe, Asia, and Africa were affected and all effected countries were above the equator with the exception of Malaysia.
Most common poultry cases were in Asia, Indonesia, China, and Europe.
Wild birds with the infection were reported in Europe, Russia, India, and Sudan
There is no relationship between density of human cases compared with distribution of H5N1 in poultry or wild birds.
Majority of disease is transmitted through direct or indirect contact with infected live or dead poultry
There is a correlation between the birds’ flyways and the infected regions.
I would expect the flu to spread when the birds land or stop their flying route to rest and people shoot them for game or anything like that and then eat them.
In recent years (2009-2012) there have been numerous cases where people have died but the peak infection year was in 1959
What is happening?
We believe that the initial zombification of human beings originated from a parasitic-fungal infection spread through the water much like ophiocordyceps unilateralis that affects ants and turns them into “zombie ants.” This parasitic-fungus invades the human and slowly starts eating away at tissue in the brain, affecting the human’s brain and changes it’s behavior (the “undead” stage, eventually become a zombie). The parasite deteriorates the body, but keeps the brain "alive". Unlike the ants, this fungus never completely kills a human, just turns them into a zombie. A scratch or bite from a zombie, will turn a human undead and eventually a zombie.
We would test this hypothesis by getting a recently bitten undead person to partake in a brain-scan as their brain is undergoing the transformation into zombie.
Through brain-scans, we could see what areas of the brain the fungus attacks. From these results, we could link zombie behavior to the areas of damage in the brain.
For safety reasons and to keep the zombie restrained, we would inject them with vecuronium, a paralyzing drug.
The Zombie Brain: Our Prediction
basic vision--activity in occipital lobe, photo receptors in eyes, decreasing sight due to decomposing corneas
good hearing--activity in cerebral cortex, temporal lobe
heightened sense of smell--more receptor cells, olfactory bulb working in limbic system, olfactory sensors working in cerebral cortex
basic movement--some of cerebellum
no words, just sounds--left hemisphere of cerebrum barely active
The pattern is that the birds are following the land around the coast not necessarily throughout the land but just around the borders
damage to the cerebellum
little to no limbic system
complicated thought process:
frontal lobe damage. can process enough information to hear a sound, move toward, and attack
From the diagram I would predict the flu to spread across the regions shown especially around the coastal regions. It would spread through bird feces, and birds killed and then eaten with the disease.
can't tell when eaten to much:
no ventromedial hypothalamus
no pain receptors
successful antidote and cure
war on zombies with no cure
This graph demonstrates our hypothesis of humans taking time to research an antidote that does not work. The zombies will quickly overtake the human race.
Impulsive/unorganized attack on the zombies. Humans quickly become infected from scratches/bites, and the fungus spreads rapidly. No recovery.
At the beginning of the outbreak, few humans are infected and the fungus is quickly discovered. The CDC quickly comes up with a cure for the zombie infection, and the few infected recover, but with brain damage. Those uninfected remain safe because of successful antidote.
reactive-impulse aggression due to damage to orbital frontal cortex
bilateral hipocampus damage
aphasia (loss of ability to understand or express speech) :
loss of Broca's area and Wernike's are
Balints syndrome (impairment of both visual and language functions):
damage to the left and right posterior parietal cortex
delusional misidentification syndrome--this is why you can fool a zombie by
pretending to be one
inability to coordinate balance, gait,
extremity and eye movements
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Blue: demonstrates the decline of the human race as the zombie infection progresses. Begins with 200 mil people and steady declines to approximately 0 around 60 days
Green: represents the amount of humans recovered by the antidote. grows from 0 to 20 mil people over the span of 100 days
Red: increase of those infected with fungus (zombies). Begins at 10 mil infected and steadily increase as the disease is rapidly spread. After 60 days, the zombie population increases to 200 mil.
As humans decrease, zombies increase, which demonstrates that they are inversely proportional. The amount of recovered humans can possibly increase over 100+ days, but many other factors need to be taken into account.
*all data is inconclusive, these are simply hypothesis
Blue: human race remains approximately 200 mil as the antidote prevents spread of fungus.
Red: amount infected (zombies). They are quickly replaced with recovered humans, due to the found cure. 20 mil to none
Green: amount of zombies recovered from the fungus. This number replaces the number of infected. None to 20 mil
Blue: Amount of humans. Begins at 20 mil and quickly decreases to 0 after 20 days as they die and/or become zombies while attempting to fight off the already infected.
Green: No recovered zombies. In this hypothesis, there is no antidote or cure.
Red: Number of people infected (zombies). Dramatically increases as humans try to defeat them and fail. The attack results in more zombies created, through scratches and bites that spread the fungus.