Medical Mystery: Hallucinations Spread by… Touch?

Didn’t take this long to morph into a conspiracy theory, did it?

This is really weird. Coos Bay, Oregon–Five people are suffering from hallucinations and nobody knows why: but doctors suspect they might be having them because maybe, maybe… they touched something. ( http://www.aol.com/article/2016/10/17/mysterious-hallucination-causing-illness-seemingly-spread-by-tou/21584672/ ).

But the bottom line, so far, is, they just don’t know.

First a 54-year-old caregiver called the sheriff to say a gang of ruffians was trying to tear the roof off her car. When this turned out to be like, totally not true, deputies took her to the hospital.

But then the two deputies started having hallucinations. Then a hospital worker. And then the caregiver’s patient. Five people seeing and hearing things that aren’t there, and no one has been able to find out why.

The only thing that would make this story even weirder is if they all had the same hallucination. But that would take us out of our own world and into M.R. James country. As is, it does sound a bit like his classic horror story, Casting the Runes.

Who ever heard of any kind of disease, transmitted by touch, that causes you to have hallucinations? Well, nobody–otherwise they’d have diagnosed the thing by now. To me it sounds like some funky kind of secret weapon that somehow got out of the lab; but maybe I’ve read too many thrillers.

I hope this is not one of those stories–in a fallen world that falls a little farther every day–that just dries up and blows away without any explanation of the mystery. Let’s keep an eye out for further developments.

3 comments on “Medical Mystery: Hallucinations Spread by… Touch?

  1. I’ve been there, and they roll up the sidewalks about 7 PM. It’s the sleepiest place I’ve ever seen. I have absolutely no idea what caused this outbreak. Paranoia, as seen in the reaction in this video (to which I quit listening when I heard the phrase “chemtrails”) is highly contagious, however. It spreads much faster than any disease that requires physical contact in order to pass a pathogen.

    Paranoia spreads by simply hearing or reading the notions of the infected. Paranoia is an autoimmune disorder, because it inhibits the defenses of reason and logic, replacing them with the much more flamboyant responses of hysteria. I’m not in the slightest bit afraid of what happens in Coos Bay, as strange as the events are. I am much more frightened by the fuel this provides for paranoia.

    1. Yeah, the word “chemtrails” shuts off my attention span, too. But this event in Coos Bay is a real event which has so far defied explanation.

      My editor believes conspiracy theorizing has taken over as the core of mainstream thinking. I pray she’s wrong.

    2. Chemtrails are ridiculous. I doubt that there is anything so toxic or pathogenic as to be dangerous in the concentrations that could be delivered by spraying from the stratosphere. Even major pathogens, such as anthrax, require a degree of concentration in order to be dangerous. Uranium is deadly and it’s all around all of us, but not concentrated to the point of being dangerous.

      Chemtrails are the 21st century equivalent of the superstitions of the Dark Ages. All unknowns are fertile areas for pointless speculation.

      I fear that your editor may be right about conspiracy theories. At least that’s the conspiracy theory I choose to believe today. 🙂

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