RPC-397

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Fig. 1: RPC-397-1 instance during testing

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Registered Phenomena Code: 397

Object Class: Gamma-Red

Hazard Types: Biohazard, Contact, Microscopic, Organic

Containment Protocols: Vials of RPC-397 taken from human subjects are stored at Site-062's Containment Level. Vials are separated by sanitized plastic containers of equal size in four vacuum-sealed compartments. Containment block is only to be accessed by assigned Research Division personnel, and the equipment of supplied hazard suits is mandatory.

RPC-397-1 instances are to be contained in separated isolated containers for study. Specimens can be retrieved at Dr. Bullard's request. Specimens are not to be thawed from respective cubicles for any reason. Samples are located at both Site-062 and Site-008 for study.

The hallway leading to the RPC-397 containment block and laboratory is separated from the remainder of Site-062 by an airtight door and decontamination checkpoint. All personnel must follow standard decontamination procedure when entering and exiting the vicinity of RPC-397 samples.

Acquisition forces are to adhere to the Assigned RPC-397 Containment Protocol in the event that RPC-397 is rediscovered outside of Authority jurisdiction.

It should be noted that RPC-397's spread to the Sahara desert and the remainder of Sub-Saharan Africa has been prevented by advanced Authority decontamination efforts in those areas. RPC-397 has been reduced to 27 designated red-zones within West Africa. The Authority is collaborating with several West African countries in order to neutralize the disease.

Description: RPC-397 is a viral hemorrhagic contagion first discovered at multiple sites in the Gambia, March 4th 2014. RPC-397 is transmitted via transfer of bodily fluids. The disease has been recorded infecting mammals exclusively, however has the possibility for transport via various bird and fish species native to West Africa. RPC-397 currently poses a serious threat to several African countries ranging from Mauritania to Cameroon. RPC-397 is colloquially referred to as "Orange Belly Disease".1

Postpartum RPC-397-1 instances will immediately seek shelter. RPC-397-1 are generally incapable of burrowing and will search for succinct spaces with which to inhabit. RPC-397-1 instances mature over a period of 5-6 years before expiring naturally; after 1 year of postpartum instances will gain the ability to burrow underground. Instances are not known to attack or infect other mammals.

RPC-397 is the only known method of reproduction for RPC-397-1; instances are not known to spread the disease by any means. The exact origins of RPC-397 are as of yet undetermined.

Addendum: On March 18th 2014, undercover personnel reported that a small village in Mali was experiencing rapid rates of RPC-397 infection cases. As the community was extremely remote the locals lacked basic amenities and were effectively cut off from any forms of sufficient medical relief. The Protectorate was dispatched to this village after extensive reports of widespread RPC-397 infection.

Around this time, over 800 cases of RPC-397 were brought to the Authority's attention in dense metropolitan areas such as Dakar, Lagos, and Accra. Joint UNAAC-AFRICOM operations designated RPC-397 a high-lethality threat and RPC-397 was sought after vigorously in patients diagnosed with the Ebola virus. Protectorate operatives in AFRICOM received a considerable influx of anomalous incidents during the spike in diagnosed cases. Due to this, the Malian village reportedly fostering grossly heightened RPC-397 infections was unable to be reached until 24 hours after the initial first response order was issued.

Over the course of 3 weeks the mass was gradually dissected. The partially decomposed skeletons of an as of yet undetermined number of humans have been discovered within said mass. Due to damages applied to the bones, the individuals to which they belonged to remain unidentified.

The cause of death was previously ruled as either suffocation of extensive damage to the organs as result of RPC-397; since then multiple boreholes have been discovered along the base of the skulls. RPC-397-1 instances were discovered in place of the brain, pressurized in a similar manner to the subterranean mass. It is of note that instances appeared to have collectively imitated the shape of a human brain within the skull before expiring.

Research into any possible ailments for RPC-397 is ongoing.

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