Baffling illness in Africa turns children into ‘mindless zombies’

World Health Organization is on high alert about new Ugandan outbreak, cause is not fully known.

As reported by CNN and DailyTech, Africa may be ground zero for the latest confirmed zombie outbreak, with a disease outbreak in Uganda.  Symptoms will sound familiar:  seizures, violent behavior in some (debated), personality changes, and a host of other unusual symptoms.

According to DailyTech,

The Uganda infections, though, are a new outbreak — a troubling sign.  The jump into a new region could be pure coincidence, or it could indicate the disease has become more virulent or found a new transmissions vector.

 

Infected Areas in Africa

Infected Areas in Africa

Even more tragic, this outbreak is infecting mostly children aged 5-15.  The cause is unknown and attempted cures have proven to be ineffective.  The likelihood of transmission globally is unknown.  Given the highly globalized environment in which we live, it is entirely possible that this outbreak will spread beyond Africa.  Exotic diseases have spread from this continent to the rest of the world in the past.

The DailyTech correspondent goes on to say,

Yet the WHO and CDC are not fully sure what is causing the illness, which cripples children and turns them into mindless, violence-prone zombies.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization along with a variety of relief organizations are venturing into the area to study this outbreak, to provide relief to the stricken, and to hopefully find a cure.

 

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