Originally Posted by oldgun
I have a problem with the whole Hershel thing myself. The average 160 pound human will circulate blood about 2 times throughout the body every minute. That's once around in about 30 seconds. I have trouble believing an amputation would stop an infected bite wound from becomming fatal unless the body part was amputated almost simultaneous to the wound being given.
That info's not quite accurate, but close enough to work with.
As to whether or not an infected bite would invade the entire body within 30 seconds...most likely no. There are multiple factors to take into account here, such as bite location, bite depth, how long the virus takes to replicate inside of the host, the rate and adaptation of blood perfusion to and from the skin and muscles, hell, even lymphatic flow and possible obstruction. Most of these factors would allow for more than 30 seconds for amputation before the cns or other vital organs are in serious danger (again, depending on the location of the bite), but probably less than, say 3 or 5 minutes.
I'd post more about this, but it's 12:20AM and I need to make my 8:00 class tomorrow morning.