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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Anyone see this in the news?     This guy in New Orleans comes up to a guy in his yard gardening, and starts yelling in Spanish.    He ends up biting the guy’s arm and eating the flesh in front of him while the neighbor dresses the bite wound.

It sounds like he did this all pretty calmly before wandering to a parking lot a few blocks down, and he was even treated for a finger injury at the hospital earlier in the day.

Sound like the beginning of a zombie outbreak to anyone?    It’s most likely not anything to worry about, but hey.   Always be prepared, right?     Start stocking up!

Here’s the full story:

A Metairie resident is recovering after a stranger bit a chunk of flesh out of his arm, and swallowed it, Saturday afternoon.

Joseph Lancellotti, 67, told authorities he did not know the suspect, later identified as Mario Vargas, 48, or why he was attacked in his front yard.

Lancellotti was gardening at his home in the 4400 block of Kawanee Avenue about 2 p.m. when he noticed a man walking toward his house, shouting angrily, the report said. Lancellotti said he couldn’t understand the man because he was yelling in Spanish. But when the man got within two feet, he slugged Lancellotti in the head, the report said.

Lancellotti said he tried to defend himself with a garden rake. As the men struggled over the rake, the stranger bent over and bit Lancellotti on his right forearm, the report said. Lancellotti’s flesh ripped away as he fell to the ground. The man then got on top of Lancellotti and began choking him, the report said.

It was then that neighbor Chantal Lorio, a podiatrist and director of the Wound Center at East Jefferson General Hospital, came out to check on Lancellotti. Lorio said Monday that she first thought Lancellotti was having a heart attack and the other man was trying to help him.

The stranger was still gripping Lancellotti as Lorio noticed her neighbor was lying in a pool of blood. She didn’t learn what happened until she began dressing the wound — with the stranger still clutching her neighbor’s shirt.

“He said, ‘He bit my arm, chewed the flesh and swallowed it in front of me,’ ” Lorio recalled. She said the bite measured almost 3 by 1 1/2 inches, and was less than 1/4-inch deep.

The pair tried to calm the stranger, who never made any attempt to run away. He eventually let go of Lancellotti and walked two blocks to a parking lot, where he hovered near an empty police car, the report said. The suspect was still standing there when deputies arrived and took him into custody.

Vargas, of 724 Camp St., New Orleans, was booked with second-degree battery. He was being held Monday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Lancellotti’s wife, Bonnie, 60, said Monday that her husband was recovering from the bite, physically and mentally. She said his sense of safety in his neighborhood has been shaken.

With all the bacteria involved, Lorio said a bite from a human is worse than an animal bite.

Bonnie Lancellotti also has concerns about the suspect, who apparently had been treated at East Jefferson General Hospital earlier in the day for a finger injury. Vargas was released 45 minutes before the attack, according to the incident report.

Bonnie Lancellotti wondered whether hospital staff noticed anything amiss while treating Vargas. “This person’s clearly lost his sense,” she said. “I mean, what else can you say, eating people’s skin?”

Keith Darcey, spokesman for the hospital, said, “We cannot comment on any individual patient because of privacy laws. But as a matter of general hospital policy, the emergency department has behavioral health nurses available to help diagnose patients who might require mental health assistance.”

Read the article at nola.com [via ZombiesAreComing]

We can’t be having a zombie outbreak already.   We don’t even have ZIRP online yet =[

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  1. I’ve seen this story reposted a few places, and I’ve seen people make fake news based on this combining it with the H1N1 flu, calling this a zombie strain as H1Z1. I think people need to stop doing that, as funny as it may be. I’d rather see the real info associated with this as it’s made available, and when it turns into a big internet circus the real info can get lost in the clutter pretty quickly. It’s probably just a crackhead like someone else mentioned, or it could be rabies. I’m thinking it is leaning more towards rabies or something else that involves a disease of some kind. The guy that did the biting was released from the hospital earlier that day for some kind of finger injury. I would be interested to know what caused that injury and how he is doing now, as well as the state of the person who got bit. I do believe something like a zombie outbreak could easily happen. That doesn’t mean they have to be reanimated dead people, but who is to say a situation can’t happen that involves people just going crazy and attacking each other over some kind of bug that’s going around? That seems entirely possible to me. Unfortunately when you use the term ‘zombie’, it discredits it as a serious threat automatically because people go into fantasy-land mode. Half of those people shrug it off like it’s total imagination, and the other half embrace the fantasy and run with it, generating their own reality they make up along the way.

    Comment by Wormcult — May 1, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

  2. I totallly agree with the previous post:1.we need another term 2.It probably is somekind of new type of Rabiës.but talking in spanish:sounds suspisiously like Left 4 Dead since you hear them sometimes say Buenos Dias.and how the hell does Lancellotti know Vargas was talking in spanish:if he doesn`t understand Spanish then you can tell me how he knew it was spanish.maybe he was just yelling something that sounded like Spanish

    Comment by Mr.Shadow — June 24, 2009 @ 6:34 am

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