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Live sample of RCP-XXXX

Item #: RCP-XXXX

Object Class: Beta

Containment Protocols: Samples of the RCP-XXXX bacteria are to be kept in a standard security locker at Site-██. The walls are to be lined with polypropylene sheets with a minimum thickness of three(3) centimeters. Any personnel entering the vault of RCP-XXXX must adhere to Biosafety Level 2 procedures. All material remaining after testing is concluded must be neutralized via immersion in liquid nitrogen.

Description: RCP-XXXX is an anaerobic bacteria of the family Spirillaceae with an average length of 12 nanometers and radius of 3 nanometers. Through an, as of yet unknown mechanism, the bacteria infects all metals within the periodic table and causes them to take on the mechanical characteristics of nitrile rubber. The speed of this conversion depends on the position of the metal within the reactivity series with less reactive metals displaying the quickest conversion rate. Full conversion of one(1) kilogram of gold with a purity of 98.97% takes approximately 9 days.The conversion can be halted by cooling the infected sample to -40° Celsius, at which point the bacteria goes dormant. After conversion metals retain all their chemical and physical properties not related to mechanical strength. RCP-XXXX samples retain viability at temperatures up to 4396° Celsius and -157° Celsius.

RCP-XXXX spreads via direct contact with the infected metal. RCP-XXXX is capable infecting any specimen of the kingdom Animalia, with the exception of crustaceans excluding the Thecostraca subclass, through contact with the mucous membrane.

If left untreated in living specimens the illness proceeds through three(3) distinct stages with human subjects displaying one additional stage.

  • Stage 1: During the first weeks of infection subjects appear healthy and continue to function normally. During this period the least reactive micro and macro elements within the body are converted. Infection in species without a calcium carbonate exoskeleton or endoskeleton becomes dormant after this stage and re-enters an active state only upon contact with an uninfected subject or metal sample. RCP-XXXX is resistant to all forms of treatment unless found within 32 hours of infection, during which it is possible to treat it with the use of large doses of Clindamycin. The average success rate of such a treatment is 38%.
  • Stage 2: In subjects with a calcium carbonate skeleton symptoms begin to appear after four(4) to five(5) weeks as the calcium has been partially converted and the skeleton begins losing its structural integrity. During this stage subjects with endoskeletons are susceptible to bone fractures as the calcium carbonate has not yet achieved the flexural strength typical to the final stage of the infection and retains partial rigidity.
  • Stage 3: After around eight(8) weeks all metals within the subject's body have been converted. Most mollusks and crustaceans with outer shells or exoskeletons are still capable of functioning normally, but within a natural habitat usually are consumed by predators due to lack of protection, thus spreading the infection further. Small mammals, such as rodents, can survive and spread the infection for long periods of time as the loss of bone rigidity is not necessarily fatal. Without intervention, bigger mammals are unable to support the weight of their bodies and expire due to dehydration, hunger or are consumed by natural predators. The conversion of teeth often proves to be fatal during extended time periods as it restricts the diet of the infected. After this stage, the bacteria goes dormant in all organisms.
  • Stage 4: If a human subject does not expire after the conclusion of stage three for two(2) weeks they begin to exhibit behavior typical of depression. Within one week after the onset of these symptoms subjects will begin show disgust regarding their bodies and those other individuals. This is accompanied by attempts at self-mutilation, most often in the form of removing converted material directly accessible to them. In addition to this subjects often begin demonstrating aggressive behavior towards uninfected subjects. Soon thereafter subjects develop suicidal tendencies and must be restrained and force fed or fed intravenously in order to prevent expiration. During this stage, the bacteria remains dormant so it is unknown if the psychological effects are caused by it or are merely the side effects of the debilitating nature of the infection.

Addendum XXXX-1: RCP-XXXX was discovered in the [DATA REDACTED] mining town in Siberia, Russia, after reports of a widespread infection, unnaturally high suicide rates and infrastructure collapse reached Authority personnel. Upon discovery and identification of an unknown pathogen, a quarantine zone was constructed around the town. Currently, only █ original ██ researchers sent to [DATA REDACTED] remain.

Addendum XXXX-2: According to interviews conducted with the original inhabitants of the town the illness began approximately 5 weeks after a new tunnel was excavated at the ████ meter mark and [DATA EXPUNGED ] ore with properties consistent with RCP-XXXX infection was found. Exploration of the mine currently being carried out via the use of fiberscopes.

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