Feb. 11th, 2009 11:20 am
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[Notes on Parasite Crab Infection]

Data Collected by L. Sera, R. Chambers, F. Madaraki
(as compiled by L. Sera)

The infection is caused by a neurotoxin or a viral compound in the venom of a crab bite. Onset of stage 1 symptoms occurs within several hours of infection, with pain and numbness present immediately upon injury.

So far, the infection seems to have four known stages of symptoms. Data is unfortunately imperfect and may not be flawless, as notes come from several different subjects. Notes will be provided for known symptoms/data only and no conclusions can be drawn at the moment.


DATA A: Chambers, Rebecca
21 / Female / AB
Notes taken by Chambers throughout Stage 1-3 of infection.

DATA B: Kennedy, Leon
28 / Male / A
Notes taken from blood sample administered by L. Sera in Stage 1.

DATA C: Madaraki, Fran
?? / Female / ??
Notes taken by Madaraki throughout Stage 1-3 of infection; Stage 4 notes taken by L. Sera based on tissue sample from infection site.

NOTE: The data for Madaraki is somewhat questionable, as there is is extremely unusual physiological... everything for her. Further study req'd?

Stage 1
Duration: 1-4 days after infection
Symptoms: Weakness, tiredness, fatigue-- by day 3 a cough develops and fever/aches may be present.

Stage 2
Duration: 5 to 12 days after infection
Symptoms: Fatigue, cough and fever continue and worsen-- appetite lessens and respiratory problems occur near the end of the second week.

Stage 3
Duration: 13 to 21 days after infection
Symptoms: All symptoms worsen-- weight loss occurs and subject is weak. Coughing slowly worsens and blood is present in sputum.

Stage 4
Duration: 22 days to...?
Symptoms: Coughing and breathing difficulties worsen. Fatigue makes movement difficult, mild delirium may be present.

Further study required re: stage 4 infection, any possible stages after. Unfortunately, caution must be taken: Infection appears to be life-threatening beyond stage 3-- all subjects in good health, no current data on patients with prior health conditions.

Infection must be cured upon patient request or if patient's health/safety is in jeopardy.

Current Priorities:

1. Study anatomy/physiology of parasite crab, determine source of infection.
2. Formulate possible cure/preventative vaccine.


How does the commercial go? Double your fun and double your pleasure? Something like that? Hope everybody's okay.

In other news, funny how an evening can be entirely worth the hangover you get afterward, sí?

Date: 2009-02-11 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekofthegate.livejournal.com
Wow, this is definitely helpful. Thanks for posting this; I've been wanting to know more about these crab bites and why they are so dangerous (aside from the excrutiatingly pain, of course). How good do your prospects look for making more progress with your research in the future?

I might recommend you talk to Robert Neville about this; he mentioned at the party that he's a virologist. I can't say I would be much help, unfortunately; I'm better at telling you the carbon dating of a piece of rock or how long it took the Chinese to invent firecrackers.

Date: 2009-02-11 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekofthegate.livejournal.com
That sounds pretty interesting. Have you had a chance to study any live? Those things look like they would not be fun to try and capture while they're still moving.

Yee-ah...I can't imagine you'd have too many volunteers for that. At least you respect ethics; I knew a few scientists who probably wouldn't have been opposed to that. Let's not go there.
From: [identity profile] dontcallmeangus.livejournal.com
Hell of a job, Luis! Thanks.

...Y'know, it occurs to me that we ought to try gettin' us another live crab for study. Know anyone who'd be up for it?

Date: 2009-02-11 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dontcallmeangus.livejournal.com
Yeah, me neither...well...not as much as some other folks 'round here.
From: [identity profile] dontcallmeangus.livejournal.com
It's about the same as what you were talkin' about, yep.

We're gettin' to be a good team, Neville.
From: [identity profile] rneville.livejournal.com
Damn straight, pal.

Though, it's not as if anybody else around here's gonna go out and catch one.
From: [identity profile] rneville.livejournal.com
So the total series duration of the illness is — at best — a month?

We can work with that. Let's get together some time, I'd like to have a look at your samples. There's a few tests we can do to see if it's a virus. Then at least we'll know what we're up against.

Date: 2009-02-11 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rneville.livejournal.com
Virology is my specialty, and yes. I'm Dr. Robert Neville.

I was neck-deep in an epidemic before I was brought here, so I've got a little experience with this sort of thing. I can't tell you how close to dead your Dr. Madaraki was without a little more detail, but if she was as bad as she seemed, then a month is probably as far as we want to assume, since we've got the means to cure it.

The nature of the illness might tell us something about the monsters themselves.

Date: 2009-02-11 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rneville.livejournal.com
Las Plagas?

Never heard of it, but then I never heard of a lot of shit before I got here. Just so long as whatever it is doesn't start leaping from person to person, we've got a window of study here.

As for crabs, I think I can probably get us a live one...but we'd need somewhere to keep it, and I'd need some more information on them, if you got it. We don't know enough about them to keep one tranqued reliably...and I don't know enough about their physiology to built a containment system.

Date: 2009-02-11 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rneville.livejournal.com
I'll get right on that. Where can I find you?

8D you just got hacked (Private to Luis)

Date: 2009-02-11 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plz2bconductor.livejournal.com
Now that information is very interesting indeed. It's amazing how serious the condition gets the longer you are infected.

Do you really believe you can create a vaccine to heal this infection? I do not doubt that with the multitude of knowledge and miracles of science it could be possible... But entirely how probable is it?

(Private to jackass)

Date: 2009-02-11 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plz2bconductor.livejournal.com
Have you now? Then we are certainly lucky to have a man of your expertise among us.

Keep dealing the cards and we'll see.

Date: 2009-02-11 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneinvermilion.livejournal.com
How's your head?
Edited Date: 2009-02-11 11:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-02-13 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doctor-of-time.livejournal.com
Oh, that's fascinating! I'm rather surprised no one's thought to compile this sort of data on the infection before. Good on you for taking the initiative.

And you've got your priorities straight, at that. Studying them with the aim of developing a vaccine is certainly paramount.... But, yes, an excellent compilation of data there. I do love to see a good compilation of data.


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