Oregon: Hallucinations Spread by Touch

October 19th, 2016

Via: Science Alert:

An emergency room in Oregon has been quarantined after five people started experiencing hallucinations that appear to have been spread via touch.

The unidentified condition was first reported at around 3am last Wednesday, when a 54-year-old caregiver in North Bend Oregon phoned police complaining about seven or eight people trying to “take the roof off her vehicle”.

Police investigated her house and couldn’t find any evidence of the crime, but when the caregiver called about the incident again a few hours later, two Sheriff’s deputies escorted her to the nearby Bay Area hospital to be examined for symptoms of hallucinations.

The woman was declared healthy and sent home, but pretty soon, one of the deputies who’d helped out with the case started hallucinating himself.

And then the second deputy, a hospital worker, and the caregiver’s 78-year-old patient also began hallucinating, and were admitted to hospital.

All four had been in physical contact with the caregiver.

A Haz Mat team was deployed to both the hospital and the caregiver’s residence, while the emergency room was emptied and quarantined to check for the source of the unidentified illness. Experts have so far been unable to locate a common source of contamination.

Blood tests of the affected patients also haven’t turned up anything unusual.

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3 Responses to “Oregon: Hallucinations Spread by Touch”

  1. Dennis Says:

    Bet the military will be interested in this.

  2. anothernut Says:

    Fox Mulder would be all over this…

  3. Larry Glick Says:

    Police in the Northeast US have sent out bulletins for the past few days about heroin spiked with some kind of “elephant tranquilizer” used by zoo veterinarians. Supposed this stuff is very strong and can poison people just by touching it (transdermal intake). I wonder if this could be what is causing this behavior.

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