An emergency room in Coos Bay, Oregon was recently placed in quarantine after five people, including two police officers, began to hallucinate after contact with a woman who claimed her car was being vandalized. But there was no evidence of the vandal or damage to her car.
The strange saga began in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, after Coos County Police answered a call about vandalism by a 57-year-old caregiver who reported that eight people were trying to remove the roof of her car. They found nothing but were called back at around 5:30 am when the woman claimed a similar incident had taken place.
Finding nothing to support her claims, they suspected the woman was hallucinating. She was taken to the local hospital where her mental state evaluated. She was found to be mentally fit and released.
But before long, the two police officers who had responded to the scene, the woman who was being cared for, and a hospital employee all appeared to exhibit hallucinations including nausea, lightheadedness, and euphoria. Those affected were hospitalized and a Hazardous Materials response team placed the emergency room in quarantine.
In the absence of any specific toxic agents, it is possible that some as of yet unidentified agent may be the cause. There is also the likelihood of a shared social delusion called folie à deux or ‘madness of two.’ Yet, such cases are typically incubated in small, close-knit groups, over a long period of time.
Another famous case of similar psychosis is that of Ursula and Sabina Eriksson (born 1967), Swedish twin sisters who came to national attention in the United Kingdom in May 2008 after an apparent episode of folie à deux. In a series of bizarre incidents on the highway and the subsequent killing of another man, there was no evidence that drugs or alcohol were involved in the incidents. It freaked out the entire U.K.
None the less, it seems Oregon has some freaky shit going on, so I am going to visit and see if I can get in on some. I will report back asap.