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San Francisco, CA – It’s almost like the plot of a horror movie. A 25-year-old infectious disease worker left work Friday only to die the next day after being infected with the contagious bacteria he had been working with.

The man worked at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center where, over the last few months, he had been working with a rare Neisseria meningitidis bacterial strain that causes septicemia and meningitis — both of which are nasty ways to go if left untreated.

Meningitis can lead to fever, headache, neck stiffness, coma and then death. By comparison, you would pray for this over septicemia, which is what investigators believe killed the man. Septicimia is inflammation of the bloodstream that causes bleeding into the skin and organs. A person unlucky enough to be afflicted with this blood poisoning can die very quickly from septic shock or ARDS.

Fellow employees described the man as competent and fully capable of handling the bacteria he was working with and the chief of the VA Hospital’s infectious diseases division said if the man had been working with the bacteria, he would have been wearing protective clothing from behind a protective safety cabinet or hood.

But something went wrong on Friday because when the man left work that afternoon he was infected. He wasn’t demonstrating symptoms until a couple hours later when he told his girlfriend he felt sick with a headache, fever and chills. The next morning his symptoms were worse, and now he had a rash. He asked to be taken to the hospital, but fell unconscious in the car. He had no pulse on arrival and died shortly after.

Because this bacteria can be spread by sneezing, coughing or kissing, health officials fear the man’s friends and fellow researchers may have been infected with the bacteria as well. They are all being monitored and were given antibiotics.

The CDC has joined the investigation by the state and local officials in order to help find out how this may have happened in hopes of preventing it from ever happening again.

It’s like the beginning of OUTBREAK and CONTAGION. Only one day some mutated strain of bacteria is gonna get carried out of some secret lab and quickly turn the entire population into something like this. Personally, I’m ready for it — having prepared for such an event — but the rest of you? Stay off my farm unless you are hot and prepared to breed.

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  • TheAlphaSoup

    My years of playing Fallout will greatly aid in the coming years. NOW GET OUT OF MY CAVE BEFORE I SHOOT YOU WITH MY LASERS.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKMAEMPVJ5T2Y35HKYTNG7I6SY Cedric

    ” He asked to be taken to the hospital, but fell unconscious in the car. He had no pulse on arrival and died shortly after.”

    Note to the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center – I need a box of this bacteria … and I need it gift wrapped in time for Christmas – I will address it to the intended ex-girlfriend myself.Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=534372011 Georgia Meyer

    Holy shit, that is frightening…..Getting ready for The Stand.

  • HotReadingMama

    I got dibs on breeding with Morbid! Screw fighting for survival. 

  • sugarpie

    Holy crap, they are treating his friends and family, but how many other people did he come in contact with that no one knows about.  Quarantine the whole town!  We don’t want that shit here on the East coast.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZC6JIZM2T5A2R465TIODIJV5NY Summer

    That is absolutely frightening.  I had meningitis bacterial form when I was 14, was lucky enough to have a doc whose daughter I was in school with so he had more invested in me to make sure I was okay.  I thinking of quarantining myself now, maybe finally bust down that door to that old nuc shelter down the street and live fallout style with Alphasoup.  

  • http://twitter.com/tinalib13 Tina Wech

    Ugh…Super flu huh?  Hope we’re immune!

  • http://twitter.com/tinalib13 Tina Wech

    I like your idea, and I can think of many people who I’d give that gift too…muuuhahahahahaha (that’s my evil laugh)

  • Sam

    I’ve never been happier that there’s a continent and ocean between California and I.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=534372011 Georgia Meyer

    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang, but a wimper.
    – T. S. Eliot

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    A fellow Fallout lover. You have earned cherished brownie points here, my friend.

  • Zazen

    Oh shit, time to get the posse ready LMB!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tinalib13 Tina Wech

    Are you a librarian, teacher or just an avid reader?

  • Zazen

    Come on, don’t you say that for pretty much every time California’s in the news?

  • Zazen

    Speaking of which, do you spose that (notso)survivalist guy earlier was just trying to make his own version of Vault 13 because he saw this coming? o.O

  • http://twitter.com/tinalib13 Tina Wech

    Cool, I am too.  You are cordially invited to my bunker…byob.

  • http://truecrimereport.com iLLusionS

    I am wondering why early on he didn’t start to panic working in a place such as he did. Though fever and headaches can stem from any number of things I guess. So maybe he was second guessing himself. Then again maybe it’s just me but if I was in his line of work I’d be paranoid as hell….Ever little cough sneeze, shart.
    Again I feel bad for his loved ones..Another day on the job, and he comes home with a nightmare on his back..

  • Sam

    Right? Especcially when it advanced so quickly, and showed numerous symptoms of the exact disease you happened to be researching at that point in time.

  • Sam

    Not nearly as much as i complain about there ONLY being an ocean between us and Florida… ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/clayton.knudsen1 Clayton Knudsen

    Time to do a Lex Luthor, and knock CA off of the continent.

  • Zazen

    Infectious Disease researchers have the good shit, none of that namby-pamby ‘I’ve got a bit of a sniffle’ crap.

  • Sam

    Huh. Maybe the girlfriend just thought he had a typical manflue and just kept telling him to ”get on with it you wuss!”

  • newstarshipsmell ™

    Okay, Captain Obvious here, but…

    I keep reaching out to flick that damn bug off my screen every time you comment heh heh! Love it.

  • newstarshipsmell ™

    Did you hook up the whirling deathblades to your fender yet like I asked you to?

  • kimbev69

    wow amazing and how scary … even well schooled is 25 mature enough to handle deadly bacteria…they should have yrs and yrs of work experience behind them…but that’s just how i see it

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Bacteria work was going well until the “A Christmas Story” playground pole test began.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Captain Tripps, baby! *shudders* That is one of my all time favorite books. But the movie sucked. Molly Ringwald as Frannie? Seriously?

  • http://twitter.com/tinalib13 Tina Wech

    Mine too!  And yes, the movie was very disappointing.  The first time I read it was in high school, and I cried when I finished the book.  I didn’t want the damn thing to end!

  • LeaveMeBe

    Just got my bags out of the car. When will you be here? *now whispering* All the weapons are making people nervous and the tons of beef jerky and 20 pairs of underpants are making them look at me with crazy eyes. I think they may be infected. HURRY!

  • LeaveMeBe

    There are certain lines of work where you should never second guess yourself and this is one of them. I could never do this type of job. Talk about becoming a major hypochondriac. :)

  • Gee

    This is a scary scenario. I know from working with researchers that is very strict about protocol when it comes to infectious diseases. Ughh … Frisco is not far enough from LA as far as I am concerned.

    Note to self: sell ass to get on Morbids farm

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    I hope not, has anything ever gone right in any of those vaults? Vault 68 sounds fun though. 

  • blubberdong

     Bring it on.  This world needs a major enema.

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Awesome! Who’s coming with me to Vegas?

  • blubberdong

     Yeah, Molly Ringworm wasn’t the best choice for Fran but they made up for it when they cast Jamey Sheridan as Flagg.  Laura San Giacomo was good too, she can Stand by me anytime but I’d rather have her Sit on my face.

  • XenMojo

    Could you imagine being the poor shlub who sat there thinking to themselves “I shook his hand before he left that day” /facepalm

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Yea, but if you’re going to be paranoid about every sniffle it’s probably not the job for you. It’s obvious he didn’t know he was accidentally infected. He probably assumed that he followed correct procedure and that there wasn’t a problem with the equipment so didn’t realize anything was wrong until it was too late.Fortunately, this sounds like a virus that burns itself out pretty quickly if he was dead within 24hours. That doesn’t give it a lot of time to secretly spread.

  • http://twitter.com/tinalib13 Tina Wech

    I’ll work the corner with you.  We can tag team! ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/tinalib13 Tina Wech

    Me, me me!!!

  • Sam

    Ah, yes. Didn’t take you long to get settled in with the rest of us freaks, did it? ;)

  • http://twitter.com/tinalib13 Tina Wech

    Hello no!  I love this place.  I felt immediate kinship to all of you guys.  I love you man! (sob, sob)

  • http://truecrimereport.com iLLusionS

     Yeah I am not faulting him for not knowing this was far worse then the common cold..I am just imagining me with a job like that…And even with all the protective suits it surely isn’t the job for me. Still I have to wonder if for a moment, perhaps the moment he asked to go to the hospital he didn’t think “Ohhhh shit” and wonder if it was the very thing he’d been working on.

  • http://truecrimereport.com iLLusionS

     Again it’s down to that hindsight is 20/20 thing I guess. But yeah I guess working there gives you a thicker skin than most to such paranoia one can’t afford that mentality in that line of work. But as I mentioned to Snark, I have to wonder if he had an “Oh Shit” moment in all this.Damn. :(

  • CT

    Hmm, my sister works in a govt lab – this could explain a lot of shit she does.  Perhaps her brain was affected many, many years ago.  MANY, MANY.  

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Count Rackula

    No shit, I can’t wait.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    “The Hollow Men.”  Excellent choice!  

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Black Death Part Two: Bacteria’s Revenge

  • Gee

     We can tag team until you start looking sick and then I’ll have to take yo Ass out. :o)~

  • takurospirit

    “but the rest of you? Stay off my farm unless you are hot and prepared to breed.”

    No problem! I’ll stay very far away. Or maybe I’ll burn down your farm. I don’t know yet.

  • sassedame

    Now you add this to this  
    http://www.infowars.com/military-industrial-complex-prepares-mass-graves-for-us-citizens/  and of course all of the executive orders Obama is signing taking our rights to protest and everything else and it sure makes you wonder what the Hell the Government is up to huh?

  • Lena60

    I wonder how many people he infected in the process.This reminds me of the movie Outbreak.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=534372011 Georgia Meyer

     Me? Just an avid reader!

  • JGo555

    *Loads a shotgun*

    THey ain’t getting me. *Waves fist* I SHOOT ON FIRST GLANCE!

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    You should probably shoot them just to be safe.

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    If you cry you can’t come, unless it’s during sex…

  • Califboy

     Just a matter of time before we as a society have to deal with something like this. With such heavy populations living in the cities its going to rage when it happens.

  • Califboy

    This is one of the places it will start and get a hold of – tic tock tic tock
     http://billmoyers.com/2012/02/24/going-behind-the-vaccine-war/

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Whenever someone comments on here with a political argument all I read is… If you have two purples and smell like apples, how long would it stretch if they were both traveling at sixteen cougars per scream?

    The answer is potato of course.

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Oh be more paraniod, beside the Mayans tell us the world will end long before that anyway.

  • Califboy

     Ya, I’m maxing out my credit cards now, anything you need???? :)

  • Califboy

     But frisco is a good place for it to start in!!!!!:)

  • Califboy

     cash, here here, I got cash….waving hand in the air…

  • blubberdong

     A bigger bus with a loaded, slide out saloon would be a great investment right about now.  It would make our trip to hell much more comfortable and enjoyable.

  • blubberdong

     Truer nonsense was never typed…

  • CT

    Thank you.  My standard comment to anything political is — your opinion means nothing to me so do us both a favor and keep it to yourself. 

  • CT

     Tru dat, dog, I mean, dong. 

  • blubberdong

     Exactly TC, I mean CT.  Nothing good ever comes from it.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Sixteen laboratory workers worldwide contracted meningitis between 1985 and 2001, including six in the United States, according to a 2005 study by the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Half died. Most did not have sufficient respiratory protection, the study said.
    Both illnesses cause by this bacteria are treatable with a rigorous intravenous levels of fluids and antibiotics – if caught in time.

    This worker should have known to go to the hospital immediately. His lack of action was not responsible and dangerous to the population at large. HE HAD TO KNOW THE ASSOCIATED DISEASES AND THE SYMPTOMS.

  • Zazen

    Oh those have been on the Zombie Assault Vehicle for ages. Just as an aside, I liked cutting a swath thru fleeing teenaged hoodlums, senile old lady drivers, parking lot con artists and and the random street performer so much that I also installed some on my Honda Civic as well.

  • Zazen

    I had to make a pickup on I-80. The cops just busted some people from Florida who were obviously fleeing the coming zombie apocalypse and they had grenade launchers. I NEED a grenade launcher.

  • 18th40

     Damn, I had 74′ Pinto.

  • JohnQknowitall

    He may have appeared competent, but he didn’t “just” get the disease.

    Sixteen laboratory workers worldwide contracted meningitis between 1985 and 2001, including six in the United States, according to a 2005 study by the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Half died. Most did not have sufficient respiratory protection, the study said.

    Both diseases are curable with a rigorous treatment of intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

    He should have known the symptoms of the diseases associated with the bacteria of which he was working. He should have gone to the hospital immediately.  He placed an unknown portion of the population at risk. I don’t call his actions competent.

  • Athena

    Yeah…. I’m not walking that far. 

  • Athena

    One of my best friends is 25, and a badass infectious disease researcher.  If you can get a B.S. in something like microbiology, you’ve earned the right to work with whatever cooties you want. :P

  • Athena

    Goddamn you.  I took a drink right before I read that shit.  Now my nostrils burn.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Kay. Should I yell out your name while doing so? It would be so much more surprising and original than saying God or Satan told me to do it. ;)

  • newstarshipsmell ™

    See? *That* is some quality journalism right there. A typical run-of-the-mill reporter wouldn’t bother with details like the police service dog being named “Falco.”

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    My army of children and hot pregnant women will mow you down before you got anywhere close.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Everytime I saw MR, I thought I was watching The Sixteen Candle Stands. BUT, Gary Sinise more than made up for it. And Jamey Sheridan was a perfect fit. Max Headroom as the Trashcan Man was a bit odd to me too. My favorites were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kojack, though.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I just got turned on thinking of the grenade launcher…

    Did you say there was an accident of some kind?

  • Califboy

     done, look for the delivery by these guys – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKUDTPbDhnA

  • Califboy

     I,m sorry ! :)

  • Califboy

     kinda like a fart, keep it to yourself….

  • blubberdong

     She always has that stupid look on her face like she’s smelling a fart.

  • Califboy

     Why girls shouldn’t ride bikes —
    Girls On Bikes Fail Compilation 2011  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=CjqvLAs9t1Q

  • Gee

     Don’t you live up North?

  • Gee

    Gee skips by and snatches cash out of Califboy’s hands . Thanks

  • Califboy

     Don’t be a pussy !!!!!! :)

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Umm, all I saw in the original request was hot and willing to breed. It says no where about having to be in your army. So, I’ve got to ask if I’m staying hot and knocked up AND defending the homestead, what exactly are you doing?

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    I apologize.

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    I need all the jewleries in the world?

  • Zazen

    I guess you could call it an accident–I got a little too stoked thinking of the grenade launcher as well–I’m glad you reminded me of the extra underwear thing.

  • lalalandmamma

    I am an avid Stephen King fan. Well more rabid than avid. I have all the books, even the original Bachmans. I thought the first Stand mini series was great compared to other interpretations of his books. They covered just about everything in the book. It was 8 hours long. Anyway, they are remaking The Stand. Ben Affleck is going to direct it. 
    http://www.imdb.com/news/ni17130121/ IDK Not sure how you can cram all that into 1 movie, unless they are going to do it LOTR style.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Making all the right decisions.

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Yes, yes you should yell out DangerousKindOfSnark made me do it! The write up will be so much more entertaining. 

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    This deal is getting worse all the time!

  • LeaveMeBe

    NP. That’s what friends are for. ;)

  • kimbev69

    shit .. at 25 even though i was a great single momma..i didn’t know my ass from my elbow…hmmm i still don’t at 42

  • newstarshipsmell ™

    Hey, we all have bad days. We’re all human.

  • Athena

    Just remember:  Tears are not a lubricant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621965500 Ginny Leigh
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621965500 Ginny Leigh

    Eh, initial symptoms are so vague and associated with so many benign illnesses, he’d be going to the E.R. with every cold or regular flu…and you know nurses would send him home with weird looks if symptoms had not progressed to the point of the rash.  By the time he knew what was up, it was too late.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAZLPSZJHATVPGGISOX34HBKGM Miles

    Chances are you really wouldn’t know. Meningitis essentially starts off the same as many, many other infections. All bacterial infections AFAIK start with temperature, nausea, headache.  As it’s an inflammation of the meninges of the brain, confusion may well have been one of the problems. Hell, if he’d been paranoid about infection, he wouldn’t have been working with bacteria. By the time he realised that it was serious, it would very probably have been too late. The one possible good outcome of this is that the lab gets to tighten its protocols about working with bacteria, and that because onset was so rapid – he wouldn’t have been out and about spreading the disease. It’s a very hard illness to spread (as opposed to influenza or cholera). We still don’t know all the mechanisms of the spread of meningitis, though – hence the urgent need for antibiotics to friends and family. And for those requesting a sample – I pray that you never catch this disease. You honestly have no idea what you’re really asking for. 

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    So true… I hate that bitch though. I’m so glad she ate it in the comics. I just hope that “The Sitting Around Living” kills her just as cruelly.

  • Gee

     Sweet I have always wanted to just be a dumb blonde, knocked up and someone to take care of me. “Make all the right Decisions”  Packing for the farm now

  • Zazen

    This is true. A friend of mine brought her 22 year old son to the ER for his fever and general shitty-feelingness and they sent him home with some scripts saying it was the flu. That night he died of meningitis.

  • Gee

     This shit was funny

  • Gee

     Absolutely Funny Shit Dangerous

  • manicmona

    Since I like reading articles from last to first, I would like to give this disease to the baby rapers in the other article. But, then again, one day of misery just may not be enough for those peices of shit…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621965500 Ginny Leigh

    That’s awful Z.

    Also, my other response was actually directed to John, not Newstarshipsmell, erroneous reply button clicking.

  • Califboy

     3 hrs south of that shit hole,  3.5 hours North of the L.A.shitnhole

  • http://www.facebook.com/HamsterNinjaofDOOM Alecia Hendricks

     As long as there are no Deathclaws.

  • PhantasmaGora

    Its like The Stand by Stephen King. Only more exciting….

  • TheAlphaSoup

    Valut 69 is even funner ;)

  • TheAlphaSoup

    When I see Deathclaws, I use console commands. tgm is your friend, buddy.

  • TheAlphaSoup

    When I got on this site I was hoping there would be more gambling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621965500 Ginny Leigh

    Only more non-fiction.

  • girlygerd

    Hahaha stay off my farm unless you are hot and prepared to breed

  • Sorrow_discord

    Morbid- So, should us willing and ready female approach fully naked so you can check out the goods first?

  • sweekymom

     Is that: potato of course or potato off course?

  • captaingrumpy

    They don’t live past 25. They always need new ones.

  • kimbev69

    Lmao

  • Adam Cheedlet

    “Now the plot is thickenin’ worse, cause you feel like you’ve been stickin’ your fuckin’ dick in a

    hearse, so you paranoid at every little cold that you get, ever since they told you this shit,

    you’ve been holdin’ your dick, so you go to the clinic, sweatin’ every minute you in it, then

    the doctor comes out lookin’ like Dennis the Menace, and it’s obvious to everyone in the lobby

    it’s AIDS, he ain’t even gotta call you in his office to say it, so you jet back home, cause you

    gon’ get that hoe, when you see her, you gon’ bend her fuckin’ neck back, yo’,”

    Eminem “Drips”

  • VXIII

  • VXIII

    “He knew what those jubilant crowds did not know but could have learned from books: that the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linen-chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks, and bookshelves; and that perhaps the day will come when, for the bane and the enlightening of men, it would rouse up its rats again and send them forth to die in a happy city.”Albert Camus – The Plaugue

  • Pyncky

    I just work in a hospital laboratory and we see shit that gets the CDC involved from time to time. Neisseria Meningitis is nasty but not the nastiest that even I have seen. I have trouble believing that if he was gowned, gloved, and under the hood and washed his hands per normal laboratory protocol that he could have accidentally infected. Some where along the line he took a shortcut that killed him.  We have one tech in Micro, a Specialist in Microbiology in fact, who constantly has coffee cups stashed around the lab. Of course if this guy’s lab is a research lab then I don’t know if they have different exposure vectors than I am familiar with. 

  • Pyncky

      “You are cordially invited to my bunker”  That’s a novel way to put it…hehehe

  • Califboy

     you can get multiple wearing from underpants, when they get shitty, just turn them inside out, always remember, brown to the back yellow to the front.

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    You wuss. :)

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Potato, silly. If the potato went off course it wouldn’t be measured in cougar screams now would it?

  • Abroad

    Piggy in the Middle?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tanya.mobley1 Tanya Mobley

    ….hot and prepared to breed. I love you Morbid.

  • Wildheart

    I buy all his books in hardcover AND on my Kindle….rabid fan indeed!  I am reading The Wind Through the Keyhole right now.  About The Stand miniseries – I don’t think it did the book justice at all.  I hated Molly Ringwald as Frannie, didn’t like Jamey Sheridan as Flagg, thought Gary Sinise made a decent, but too short, Stu Redman (I imagined him a big Texan), and thought Bill Fagerbakke did a pretty good Tom Cullen (M-O-O-N). Ben Affleck had better blow this remake out of the park.

    They are also remaking Carrie – again – with Chloe Moretz in the title role and Julianne Moore as her mother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brittney.east Brittney East

    well, I think I’ll go bathe in sanitizer and throw away all my mail from San Fran now. 

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