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CBI: SAFETY PAMPHLET
The Center for Disease Control has produced this pamphlet on Cordyceps Brain Infection (CBI) to increase awareness and prevention of infection.
- The Cordyceps mushroom is a parasitic fungi that can take over a host's mind and alter its behavior. Until recently it has only affected insects and some arthropods. A new species has emerged with the ability to target human hosts.
- The two known ways to contract CBI are:
- Breathing the spores emitted by the Cordyceps.
- Contact with bodily fluids of a person infected with CBI, usually by being bitten.
- After initial infection, the parasite travels to the host's brain over a period of one to two days.
- The incubation concludes when the Cordyceps has taken over all major bodily functions of the host (Stage One CBI).
- Stage One CBI patients display erratic and violent behavior, lashing out at anyone around them.
- Eventually the fungus pushes through the host's tissue to allow for the release of airborne spores.
- There is no vaccine for CBI, nor any known treatment to lengthen the incubation period.
- CBI can be diagnosed using a blood or microscopic imaging test (usually administered against the ear). Within minutes of contraction, the results of this test will come out positive.