The first documented cases of Fractional Necropothy Syndrome(FNS) began appearing in the United States in February 2007. At the time, these cases presented themselves as a severe strain of Influenza. By July 2007, the CDC, working in conjunction with COCA, successfully identifies the virus responsible for FNS, and dubs it the Campion Virus.
What it Does
FNS first presents as symptoms of a strong flu, including the abrupt onset of fever, headache, fatigue, and body aches. This can be distinguished from normal Influenza infections by the presence of a feint odor of decay at the infection’s origin point (see Transmission below).
Five to Seven days after symptoms first occur, signs of neural contamination begin; the patient will begin to show signs of diminished mental capacity, will have a lowered ability to focus, and will slowly begin to act more and more on impulse and reflex than on rational thought. During this time the virus is infecting various parts of the nervous and muscular systems. The replication process of this particular virus does not totally destroy the cell; the Golgi apparatus, and endoplasmic reticulum are destroyed but kept functioning through some chemical process from the virus. As this process continues, the material created by the now partially decayed endoplasmic reticulum is used to both construct new copies of the virus, as well as reinforce the new symbiotic relationship between the partially dead cell and the sustaining virus invading it.
As subjects begin to lose more of their awareness and begin to act more on reflex, violent outbursts becomes more common. If left alone with other contaminated subjects, they tend to reach a kind of passive equilibrium. The addition of some external, non-infected, stimuli, however, will cause the collected group to become hostile once more.
The virus is most commonly transmitted through the saliva of a contaminated subject. It can also be transmitted through the blood, but not as easily. There have been some cases of contaminated subjects who had no bite marks, where it was later learned they drank mass quantities of infected blood. Exactly how much infected blood would be needed to cause infection is not yet known. Simple contact with contaminated blood is not enough to cause infection, however, as there are many other risks associated with handling blood, it is still not recommended.
Systemic Necropothy Syndome
If the infection is not controlled, it will eventually lead to Systemic Necropothy Syndome. This is incurable, and the subject poses a dangerous threat to those around him.