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Victim of Biohazard Incident Sverdlovsk.1

Item #: SCP-2193

Object Class: Safe Pending. -Alexandr █████, Operations Director, Site 204

Special Containment Procedures: When dealing with SCP-2193 the use of a positive pressure personnel suit, with a segregated air supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of the SCP-2193 containment lab contains multiple showers, a vacuum room, and an ultraviolet light room to destroy all traces of biological hazard. Multiple airlocks are to be employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors from opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from the SCP-2193 containment lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of subsequent accidental releases. See Preliminary NBC Incident Report Sverdlovsk.

Personnel assigned to SCP-2193 must have specific training in handling extremely hazardous infectious agents. They are to be supervised by qualified personnel who are trained in mycology, epidemiology, and infectious disease. Access to the SCP-2193 lab is to be controlled by Dr. Johann Størlid in special cooperation with Generálporučík2 Miklos.

Description: SCP-2193 is an anomalous parasitoid fungus that has both asexual and sexual forms. The sexual form of SCP-2193 produces a white, "puffball" fruiting body. The fruiting body erupts from the mandible. The fruiting body has not yet appeared naturally and can only be initiated in vitro. The specific reasons for that are unknown.

The asexual form appears as a white mold around the oral cavity, and is more infectious than the sexual form. The only samples of SCP-2193 at Site 863 are in asexual forms.

Gyromitrin, found in SCP-2193, is partly converted into monomethylhydrazine (MMH), within the body. MMH is useful as a rocket propellent, and is in stage III testing for use as such. Also found in SCP-2193, is an antagonist of dystrophin, known as MG-125. MG-125 is a structural analog of the synthetic dystrophin antagonist, MG-132. MG-125''s actions on dystrophin are likely the cause of the severe muscle spasms, and other myopathies, seen in some SCP-2193 infections.

Results of genetic testing shows the four (4) main nucleobases, but also found purine paired with inosine.

The course of any infection with SCP-2193 seems to be based on the genetics or the metabolism of the host. The reasons for this are currently unknown, but all infections show the following: Spasms (strong enough to break bone), white mold around the mouth, the anterior cingulate cortex becomes partially necrotic, the substantia gelatinosa becomes erratic and begins to send signals to the substantia nigra, gross atrophy of the skeletal muscles, movement becomes twitchy, sharp, quick, with pauses, and massive amounts of histamine are released.

The life cycle of SCP-2193 is extremely complex, and is related to the infection course. Dr. Wolf Lorenz, Dr. Johann Størlid and their respective teams are undertaking a project to map out the known life cycles.

Infection in a genetically healthy human is termed the Kadera Cycle.3

Test Cycle 204863/Kadera Cycle- [REDACTED]

Subject: D-8190 (Male, 25)
Procedure: Spores of SCP-2193 were delivered via intrathecal pump to minimize non-neurological affects.
Results: Subject complained that his skin felt painfully cold, although he had no urge to get away from the sensation. This is the hallmark of the SCP-2193 effect on the brain. He then began have muscle contractions that broke both femurs, reporting these injuries as painful for approximately 30mins. Physical, chorea-like movements progressed as followed: normal movement, the "twitchy," sharp, quick with pauses. Not enough strength to walk. Breathing was normal throughout. He began to self-mutilate by pulling out his finger nails. He tried to pull his toe nails out but he was too weak. He proceeded to molest his newly injured fingers. When asked why, the subject said, "I need to feel… something." The subject expired 4 minutes later, as noted via remote heart monitoring.
Analysis: Audio log from autopsy: "One would think a parasite would want to keep its host alive. A parasitoid no doubt, ja? Ms Ursula Clarke''s tests have shown that MG-125 inhibits dystrophin. All the dying muscles would send out salts, potassium, and chloride among other proconvulsants. Also damage to the brain would have fed into his unusual movements. It seems that the damage to the brain is goal driven. Decreasing pain and pleasure, going into self mutilations. If we find spores in the blood left by the subject, I would conclude that the neurological changes are to help SCP-2193''s fitness in the wild; to help spread it via blood. Clever kleiner Bastard…" -Dr. Wolf Lorenz.

Infection in an individual with increased expression of PrPC will appear as severe atrophy of the thalamus. This cycle is termed Nyx Cycle.4 Sleep is unattainable after 3hrs. The subject will have increase paranoia, phobias, and complete insomnia; one subject tested died after 6 months of complete sleeplessness.

An infection in a subject with low purine metabolism will result in a intense episode of psychosis, self-mutilations, and delusions of grandeur. This cycle is know as the 9H-purine Cycle.5

Known cycles of SCP-2193:

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A simplified diagram of the known cycles of SCP-2193. This report will not go into such detail.

Test Deus Ex:

Subject: D-8204 Affliction: Psychopathy Specific Symptoms: [REDACTED].6
Subject: D-8482 Affliction: Peptic Ulcers Specific Symptoms: D-8482 began to projectile vomit. D-8482 would keep eye contact until she felt like she could hit another person with her vomitus. Analysis of the vomitus did show viable spores.
Subject: D-8778 Affliction: Huntington''s Disease, 40 CAG repeat Specific Symptoms: D-8778 showed a 2,000x increase of glutamine within the central nervous system. Spasms are more violent per usual infection. Autopsy of D-8778''s brain was not possible due to severe excitotoxicity; very few neurons were still intact.

Intercepted email to Generálporučík Arpad Miklos from Alexandr █████, Operations Director, Site 2047

"My closest friend, Arpad, I have to redeem a favor. I was able to give you unprecedented access to SCP-2193, I now need directed research to see the weaponization potential of SCP-2193. Wise as you are, you may have realized that my people and I are on the brink of war. Let me be clear, SCP-2193 is a last resort option. Ever since 9M-MRD was shot down, war is on the horizon.8 We are sliding back to a time where we were not viewed so great. To secure the future of the Foundation in Eastern Europe, we must glaze over a few rules and morals. I have the highest faith in you friend."
Sasha

Proposal by Generálporučík Miklos to Alexandr █████, Operations Director, Site 2049

"Sasha! How is the life of 6,000 EUR suits? Nice, I''m sure.
Let me start off by expressing my gratitude for allowing my PZU and I access to samples of SCP-2193 for research on its weaponization potential. I will be sending our newest research on the idea of weaponization soon.10 But I do have a few concerns regarding containment.
First, I would entertain the idea of changing the triage protocol for biologics. In Prague, we have revised our triage procedure. I don''t want to sound elitist but would it be worth considering using the Prague triage as a model for other Foundation sites? You can''t deny you carry weight up there with the others Sasha. Even if it''s not our model that is used, something should be done.
Second, is it feasible to allocate resources for a more private containment facility? For the safety of the good residents of Prague, of course. Těchonín has only 618 residents. There''s already a BSL-4 lab located there, the Centrum biologické ochrany.11 Building under the guise of a related investment would draw little attention.
Lastly, I want to inquire about the class of SCP-2193. Yes, I know that if the containment procedures are followed, it is quite safe. My feeling is that, if upgraded to Euclid, we would have a more favorable setting for further weapon research. Having "Euclid" on test application could help us bypass the more annoying restrictions.
I look forward to your visit to Prague, Sasha. I know it''s to be purely business, and we do have much business to discuss, but Prague is a fun city. I mean, we will enjoy the luxuries of the city."
Your friend, Arpad

Addendum: Weaponizing SCP-2193 is a viable idea (Project Ophiocordyceps), but Ms Samantha Power, Site 863, needs to be kept close to the evolution of Project Ophiocordyceps. Actions recently taken by [EXPUNGED] are concerning. Due to said actions, funding for Project Ophiocordyceps will be cited under paragraph 4.1 of the Site Protection Act, Annex 13. - Alexandr █████, Operations Director, Site 204.

Site 863 "Zadržování" Unit''s (PZU) Preliminary NBC Incident Report Sverdlovsk

PZU ID: SHS204863
Occurrence Location: Site 863, Triage Biologic S2
Occurrence Date: [DATA EXPUNGED]
Occurrence Type: Human Error/Aerosol Dissemination-Filter Compromise
Class of Anomalous: Safe
Registration of the Anomalous: SCP-2193
Containment Protocol as of Incident: Triage for Safe Biologic/NATO Standard Biosafety Level-2
Most Critical Injury: Fatality
Nearest City: Prague
Narrative: On [DATA EXPUNGED], at 1100h, ███ ███████ temporarily turned off ventilation for SCP-2193. He then proceeded to remove a clogged containment filter. He marked his actions in the hard copy logbook, but did not enter his actions in the digital log.
1130h: A coworker, █████ █████, noticed the ventilation was off. He checked the digital log and did not find anything unusual. He then turned ventilation back on.
1201h: The researcher on call, ████ ██████, noticed the filters were missing and contacted PZU NBC.12
1202h: PZU issued a complete quarantine for Triage Biologic S2.
1204h: PZU NBC prepares the "Utracení stáda" protocol.13
1208h: 3-Methylfentanyl is directed throughout the ventilation system of Triage Biologic S2 at a rate of 1100ppm per minute.
1221h: Remote heart rate monitoring confirms that all ███ personnel have expired.
1230h: Hydrogen peroxide is sprayed remotely throughout Triage Biologic S2.
1800h: PZU NBC teams enter Triage Biologic S2 and spray a mix of formaldehyde and formic acid.
36 hours after initial Breach: The acute phase of Incident Sverdlovsk is considered over.
Please Sign for Authentication: Generálporučík Arpad Miklos

Project Ophiocordyceps, Operation Carpenter Ant-[REDACTED]14

Subject(s): 23 randomly chosen Class-D personnel. Each subject was given a locater so their location could be pinpointed within "Bio Valley."15
Procedure: The subjects were placed in "Bio Valley." They were given 20 minutes to spread throughout the "Bio Valley" complex. The complex was prepared akin to a normal high security building. After 20 minutes, a non-explosive munition, designed for to disperse SCP-2193, was fired at a predesignated area.
Results: +1h: Non-lethal writhing behavior in all subjects. All 23 subjects displayed rhythmic chorea. +2h: Intense screaming is noted in 12 subjects. Muscle spasm in all 23 subjects, seem to snap long bones in the arms and legs. (Confirm in autopsy.) White fruiting bodies are noted by the mouth and chin in all subjects. +2.5h: Three (3) subjects have expired. The remaining show intense muscle contractions. Five (5) are trying to crawl, seemingly with intent. +3h: All 23 subjects have expired.
Analysis: In the terms of the question "Could we weaponize SCP-2193?" the analysis shows high infectiousness, 100% mortality rates, and very easy dispersing. The outlook on a weaponized strain of SCP-2193 is positive. Further research is needed to show how long spores remain infective.

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