Item #: SCP-2624
Object Class: Euclid
Special Containment Procedures: Scheduled scans of the Foundation's Worldwide Medical Record Database must include checks for conjunctivitis infections that do not respond to treatment. Mobile Task Force Gamma-18 ("Ocular Lumberjacks") is charged with assessing cases flagged this way.
Should an SCP-2624 case be identified, MTF Gamma-18 must chart its spread and cure all cases via any means necessary. Members of MTF Gamma-18 must be thoroughly screened for any proclivities towards malicious or violent thoughts, and must additionally foster a sense of goodwill in affected communities.
Should any high-risk individual1 contract conjunctivitis, they should be terminated as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of an outbreak.
Description: SCP-2624 is an infectious disease that presents identically to bacterial conjunctivitis2. It is distinguished from actual bacterial conjunctivitis by its manner of transmission and the ineffectiveness of standard treatments.
SCP-2624 may spontaneously spread to any individual that wishes physical harm upon an infectee. The probability of infection is positively correlated with the frequency of these thoughts and the severity of the imagined injury. The subject must recall a face, voice, name, or alias of the infectee in order for transmission to occur. Conventional transmission has not been observed.
While the bacteria that cause SCP-2624 are susceptible to conventional treatments, infections will spontaneously reoccur as soon as the infectee's eye becomes hospitable. An SCP-2624 infection will only disappear after the infectee spends 1-2 weeks without experiencing any hostility towards the infectee from which they acquired SCP-2624. Permanent treatment may require amnesticization, a medically-induced coma, mediation, or the prescription of mood-altering drugs. While the infliction of the imagined injury usually cures SCP-2624 infection, personnel that recommend this course of action are at risk of infection themselves.
The resource-intensiveness of treatment, economic impact of missed work and decreased productivity, and threat to quality of life makes an outbreak of SCP-2624 unacceptable.
SCP-2624's origin has been traced to Princeton, British Columbia in June of 2001. The individual that contracted SCP-2624 first, Marcus █████████, reported harboring violent thoughts regarding friends, family members, and coworkers. Two weeks earlier, Marcus █████████ filed a police report claiming that he was being stalked by an unidentified individual distinguished by severe facial mutilation, including bilateral enucleation. The day before he developed conjunctivitis, Marcus █████████ received a phone call from an unknown number in which the caller made various incoherent threats against him, which he described as 'enraging'. Neither the stalker nor the caller has been found.
No cases have been reported since 2003; however, SCP-2624's suspected 'patient zero' has not been identified or located, indicating that one or more viable SCP-2624 vectors may still exist.