Most forms of madness are not actually contagious, although they can be inherited from one generation to the next. The madness known as mAdhurya rasa appears to be extremely contagious. Apparently all it takes is to be around some rasikas and copy their behavior, and a person is likely to come down with the fever known as prema. There is no known cure, and controlling the symptoms can be difficult. This form of madness can easily be confused with other disorders such as bipolar manic depression or even schizophrenia. Laughing and crying without apparent cause and speaking to people that are not there are some of the more severe symptoms of the disorder. Fortunately, according to the CDC in Atlanta, there have been few cases reported in the US, and even globally. Some researchers have speculated that the cause may be some type of food poisoning that affects the brain, but no link to mad cow disease has been found yet.