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Item #: SCP-37xx

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: No known cure or method of transmission for SCP-37xx exists. As such, containment efforts are to be focused on suppression of information regarding SCP-37xx in the international aid community. In particular, cases of SCP-37xx can be easily passed off by embedded media agents as incidences of similarly-disfiguring necrotising conditions such as noma, Staphelococus infection, or complications resulting from untreated dental abcesses.

If feasible, individuals suffering from SCP-37xx can be located and extracted to a Foundation-affiliated medical facility for further study and palliative care. However due to their geographical isolation and socioeconomic disenfranchisement, this latter procedure is both inefficient and unnecessary.

Description: SCP-37xx is a medical condition that affects children below the age of 10 years old. It initialliy presents as pale sores on the inside of the mouth that develop over a period of 2-3 days into swelling of the lips and cheeks. At this stage, SCP-37xx is easily mistaken for other types of facial or oral infections, with the exception of being particularly resistant to conventional medications such as [insert medication here].

SCP-37xx then escalates in severity over the following week as the swollen tissues begin to degenerate, causing irreparable loss of skin, facial muscles, and bone. It is usually difficult for the affected child at this point to eat or speak owing to the extensive and rapid damage to their facial structure. Eventually, in 6-8 weeks, the degeneration spreads downwards to the throat and upper chest, progressing to the major organs, while similar swellings begin to develop on the affected child's feet, hands, and genitals. In total, by the final stage of the disease (10-13 weeks), most affected children have lost an estimated 32% of their body mass through tissue degeneration.

In spite of the apparently severe tissue damage, children afflicted by SCP-37xx do not report feeling any pain. Furthermore, in addition to being abnormally resistant to infection, the degenerated tissues will continue function normally in relation to the rest of the body. The edges of the degenerated tissues do not bleed, with microscopic examination revealing that the blood vessels simply terminate past a certain point. Even in cases resulting in the loss of vital organs, affected children are still able to perform biological functions such as respiration, digestion, and blood circulation. As such, death from SCP-37xx only results due to malnutrition, thirst, or other secondary complications.

SCP-37xx was first observed in 2008 among poor rural communities living on the Niger river delta, drawing some attention from the humanitarian aid community due to its rapid onset and near-simultaneous manifestation across geographically-isolated settlements. SInce then, sporadic clusters have appeared in [Sudan], [Bangladesh], [Papua New Guinea], and [indigenous settlements in North America?], with a total of 3,921 confirmed cases known to the Foundation.1 Additionally, though no known cause has been established, SCP-37xx appears to solely affect the poorest and most geographically isolated members of these communities. It is unknown if this represents a correlation or causation.

Addendum: Initial field report of Dr. K. Yang, a Foundation-affiliated anthropologist working with [REDACTED] Mission, compiled 06/10/2010

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