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The Atrox strain is a biological weapon of mass destruction (WMD) that is transmitted via mosquitoes.
Engineered by CSAT scientists, this unique super-strain of the malaria disease is designed to target certain human genotypes.
It is "harmless" to non-targeted genotypes, and afflicted hosts can be quickly treated by conventional anti-malaria medication. For those that fall within the strain's scope however, only specific vaccines - created by CSAT scientists - are able to cure the disease.
The prime use of the strain is fabricate crises that favour CSAT intervention. Where others have failed to treat the infected, CSAT doctors - acting under the pretence of providing humanitarian aid, appear as the only "saviours" who are able to cure the super-strain with their special vaccines.
Atrox functions in the same way as regular malaria strains. Once a human is bitten by an infected mosquito (and they fall within the targeted genotype), the infection will exhibit the same symptoms of malaria and slowly eat away at their vitals.
However, one notable symptom that differentiates victims of Atrox apart from normal strains of malaria is their skin. Within hours of infection, the person's skin will begin to ulcerate as if the body were reacting to an allergy.
The disease is completely resistant to anti-malaria treatments in humans possessing the target genotype. It cannot be cured without the vaccines created by CSAT. Affected humans that are not treated by these special vaccines within days of transmission, will wither away in constant agony and eventually succumb to its effects.
It should also be noted that for humans who do not possess the targeted genotype, they may still exhibit some of the common symptoms but will never perish to Atrox.
A prime example of this being the case would be aid workers whom, even after being bitten by mosquitoes, suffered none of the lasting consequences of the disease in contrast to their patients. A priest, Father Georgiopoulis, was also able to personally administer rites to those on their deathbed; observers thought he had "divine protection" but in reality, his Altian heritage meant that his safety from Atrox was guaranteed.
CSAT tested the strain's capabilities by utilising it against the people of the Horizon Islands. This specific strain was modified to target ethnic Tanoans, and shipments of mosquitoes carrying the strain were smuggled into the country via "construction materials".
The infected mosquitoes were then released into the wild. Within a matter of days, hundreds of locals were exposed to the disease. This led to the immediate quarantine of numerous settlements, from small villages to larger towns and even cities throughout the Tanoa Province.
Commercially available anti-malaria medication, such as MEDEX's Primaquine drugs, can alleviate some of the symptoms temporarily. Depending on the dosage, this can last for only an hour or even days, though it does nothing to treat the diseases' side effects.
The only known cure are CSAT's aforementioned special vaccines that contain the Atrox counteragent. Upon receiving a dosage, the patient will cease to suffer from its external and internal effects, though it is not fully clear if internal damage can be reversed.
However, one concerning aspect of the counteragent is that in spite of its ability to cure Atrox, it has been demonstrated to be unreliable at best and may often induce worse side effects to the victim.
Several patients treated at the CSAT clinic at Ouméré for instance, reacted negatively to the counteragent and suffered horrific consequences as a result; often ending with the patient coughing blood and choking to death from these violent fits.
The counteragent may fail to work completely and even appear to accelerate its effects. Needless to say, in spite of its artificial origins it appears that Atrox is far from stable, and could potentially mutate beyond human control if left unchecked.
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