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Active Colony of SCP-3537

Item #: SCP-3537

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Due to the nature of SCP-3537, full containment is currently impossible. Efforts are being made to create a reliable way to either destroy SCP-3537 spores, or otherwise cure its symptoms in humans.

Foundation agents stationed in Surveillance Sites 3537-A, 3537-B, and 3537-C are to monitor calls to emergency services. If any calls are made concerning a downed power line, the call must be intercepted and the caller must be told to evacuate the area immediately under the reasoning of possible injury. MTF Sigma-5 ("Jungle Jumpstarters") is to be dispatched to the aforementioned location in full hazardous material resistance equipment and repair the power line as quickly as possible. All potential victims within a 2 kilometer radius are to be inspected for active SCP-3537 infection and administered a Class-A amnestic. If infection is found, the victim is to be quarantined for further study and testing. Once the quarantined victim has reached Stage 3 of infection, they are to be terminated and their body incinerated.

Description: SCP-3537 is an extremely infectious fungal mold resembling no known species. SCP-3537 spores are found primarily in Central Brazil, and estimates put the number of spores in existence at around 53 billion. Active SCP-3537 spores have been shown to cause infection from as little as 2 PPM. However, all spores of SCP-3537 are normally inactive, and thus inert.

SCP-3537 spores activate when exposed to a sufficiently strong electrical current1. The spores begin to rapidly multiply upon activation, strongly replicating along said flowing electrical current. If the intensity increases, the activation process and subsequent multiplication accelerate. However, it will decelerate if the intensity decreases. Only when the electrical current is completely removed will the spores begin the process of deactivation over the course of 8-14 minutes.

After roughly 10 minutes of sustained electrical current, SCP-3537 spores will separate from the main colony and begin flowing into the air. Although being separated, these spores remain in the active state for an average of 2 days. When an active SCP-3537 spore enters the body of any creature in the kingdom Animalia, the creature is immediately infected. No current antifungal medications are able to either prevent or cure an infection of SCP-3537.

The infection of SCP-3537 follows three stages of development:

  • Stage 1 - Initial Exposure: Stage 1 lasts anywhere from an average of 30 minutes to 5 days depending on the level of exposure2. During Stage 1, victims of SCP-3537 infection will not express any adverse symptoms. However, SCP-3537 infections in Stage 1 can still be found by standard fungal infection tests. Stage 1 consists entirely of spores moving through the body; Entering through the olfactory system and travelling down to the lungs, the spores are absorbed into the bloodstream which eventually reaches the brain.
  • Stage 2 - Paralysis: Once SCP-3537 spores reach the brain, the victims will begin to show signs of dizziness, slow reaction times, and a decreased sense of touch. This will progress into the inability to stand and the numbness of external appendages as spores travel down the nervous system and drain the body of electricity. Stage 2 lasts approximately 5 hours to 3 days on average.
  • Stage 3 - Brain Death: Once SCP-3537 spores have multiplied enough so that the victim no longer has enough energy to independently respirate and/or maintain a constant heartbeat, the victim enters Stage 3. A victim in Stage 3 of infection is effectively—but not technically—Brain-dead3. Once the victim's heartbeat stops, the spores enter an overdrive state, multiplying at a rate up to 80 times faster than normal, until all electrical energy is drained. In some cases, this accelerated multiplication can cause small skin lesions as spores burst out of the victim in a thick purple purulent discharge. Spores that are expelled late into Stage 3 are able to stay in the active state for up to 6 days4.

Addendum: SCP-3537 was initially discovered on ██/██/██ when the Foundation was notified by the Brazilian government of a massive fungal colony within the ████████ Power Plant in █████████, Brazil. All available methods of fungus removal were tried, and none worked. The Foundation was contacted when workers begun collapsing for unknown reasons. MTF Beta-7 ("Maz Hatters") were dispatched and—though inadvertently—successfully deactivated the fungal colony after power production was halted due to safety reasons. In total, 42 workers expired due to SCP-3537 infection. Families of workers were checked for infection, administered a Class-C amnestic, and were given a cover story of a building collapse due to a faulty generator explosion.

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