2. Update on Nuzgûl bites: Clinician's Alert!
It is now clear that there has been mutation and evolution of the Nuzgûl parasite since the last update. The newer form has been tentatively labeled as a Nuzgûling, due to its small size and shorter duration of action. It is notable however that the bite of this more diminutive form is no less virulent, and the attack rate has risen to encompass virtually every appropriate host within reach. Further, the incubation period is so short as to be previously unheard of. The surprising nature of these findings was sustained through exhaustive rechecks of the data: 42 documented bites within 51 hours, some victims sustaining a second round of symptoms after the initial attack. It is particularly ominous that a single host was able to transmit the ill effects at the rate of nearly one bite per hour. 1,2
All clinicians would be well advised to take extreme precautions with those affected, the short duration being the only mitigating factor. It is troubling to note that many of those bitten may be far more susceptible to repeated Nuzgûling injuries. The above-mentioned Nuzgûling host is still at liberty, as the public health statutes have not yet been extended to cover this new development.
1) Observation of the HA list, activities of D_L
2) The start of this epidemic is timestamped 9:25 PM PST, yielding an epidemic duration of 50.58 hours. This translates as a rate of .83 bites/hour, a very alarming statistic.
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