Sender: Researcher James Adkins
Recipient: Dr. Rieper

Doctor,

After assessing and consulting with various pathologists from the Biology Department, and the Office of Pathogen Affairs, Dr. Gregory and I have updated the Pathogen Risk Category.

Ideally, this category risk will require your review before we proceed this to the Select-Committee for Hazardous Containment (SCHC).

— Researcher James Adkins

Pathogen Risk Category

The Pathogen Risk Category, or the Adkins Pathogenic Assessment, is the official assessment risk of identifying the severity of anomalous pathogens to an organism, or an entire species. This assessment is to be used for pathogenic anomalies, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, parasitic organisms, and prions.

In addition, the Pathogen Condition Readiness (PATHCON) are defense policies to determine the condition readiness of pathogenic exposure worldwide.

Readiness Condition Description
PATHCON 1 Containment or development of antivirals for pathogens is impractical, pathogen has a high infection rate. Applies to Gamma-class & Omega-class pathogens.
PATHCON 2 Infection rate of pathogen is high, exposure occurs through air or water transmission with a severe lack of understanding of the anomaly's properties. Applies to Gamma-class.
PATHCON 3 Pathogen has severe symptoms and dissemination rate from person to person. Containment for pathogen is difficult, applies to Beta-class & Gamma-class.
PATHCON 4 Pathogen is difficult to understand, exposure of pathogen occurs through anomalous means, such as eye contact or emotion-based. Applies to Beta-Class.
PATHCON 5 Dissemination of pathogens is limited to bodily-fluid or physical contact, containment of pathogens is relatively easy. Applies to Alpha-class.

Category 1

Pathogens, categorized under Category 1, are denoted as harmless but the behavior and appearance of affected individual(s) symptomatically are a threat to operational security.

Category 2

Pathogens that are classified under Category 2 are known to exhibit hazardous side effects to onsite personnel, and individuals infected with a Category 2 pathogen are to be stayed away from.

Category 3

Pathogens are denoted to be threatening. Infection rate for Category 3 pathogens are often limited to exchange of bodily fluid or physical contact. Symptomatically, individual(s) infected with a Category 3 may affect their psychological or emotional feelings.

Category 4

Pathogens are denoted to be life-threatening. Dissemination or transmission of Category 4 pathogens are easy to spread from person to person either from air or aquatic transmission. Symptomatically, individual(s) infected with a Category 4 mostly involve total-organ shutdown, and death.

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