In summer of 2006, a documented case of influenza-like symptoms and necrosis surfaced at Abigail Lefay Elementary School in Tampa, Florida... The surrounding area and the school itself was quarantined shortly thereafter. Fortunately, the disaster was successfully averted thanks to the Bureau of Infectious Disease Treatment and Cessation of Human Illness and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention... The virus was nicknamed "The Black Flu" because it bared similarities to the Black Plague that occurred between 1348 and 1350 in Europe and Asia, killing 75 million people. As of 2012, the source of the outbreak is still unknown. The details virus that has been causing people to turn into zombie-like creatures, has been released to the general public for the first time. Civilians should be wary of the five stages of the Black Flu... 

Stage One: Exposure

According to the Center for Disease Control and the USAMRIID, the pathogen is indeed blood-borne. This was confirmed by the Bureau of Infectious Disease Treatment and Cessation of Human Illness. Exposure can result from a bite or deep scratch, mainly from an infected animal. As of 2012, the cause of the contagion and outbreak is still unknown.

Stage Two: Influenza-Like Symptoms

The patient experiences symptoms similar to influenza. Side effects include coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, fever, congestion, runny nose, shivers, etc. Mostly all related to the common cold. Though these symptoms are not life-threatening, they last for over three weeks.

Stage Three: Itching

Moderate to severe itching of the entire body occurs after 21 days of exposure. If the patient scratches too much, a black rash will develop, giving the appearance of a common bruise on the skin. It is important to temporarily relieve itching through cold water submersion with ice. Re-warming is required to prevent hypothermia.

Stage Four: Necrosis

A necrotizing skin infection surfaces and begins to spread, causing rashes to become blacker and rot. Foaming at the mouth occurs shortly thereafter.

Stage Five: Violent Behavior

After necrosis of the skin develops, the patient begins to experience episodes of violent, angry homicidal rage and attacks if anything or anyone crosses them.

The Bureau of Infectious Disease Treatment and Cessation of Human Illness has released on their website, a detailed description of the virus. Image is below:


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