Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: A sample of SCP-XXXX infected bacteria is to remain in cryogenic storage in a standard bio-hazard containment unit for testing purposes. Standard hazmat protocols are to be observed during testing.

Foundation personnel embedded in the healthcare industry are to monitor for large numbers of people being admitted to hospital for dehydration with a local area that cannot be explained by natural local phenomena. A misinformation campaign classifying SCP-XXXX as a non-anomalous virus has been successfully carried out, with monitoring of any independent research currently considered a low priotity.

Persons affected by SCP-XXXX are to be transferred to Site-XXX, under the pretense of transference to a specialised treatment facility. Euthanisation is available upon request with the approval of two Level 2 or higher researchers. Update: The Foundation and GOC have formed a joint task force to administer SCP-XXXX-1 locally through UN emergency relief efforts, or transfer infected persons to Site-XXX for treatment as suitable. Euthanisation is available upon request with the approval of two Level 4 or higher researchers, or one Level 4 researcher and the doctor overseeing the individuals treatment. Economic disincentives are to be in place to discourage private industries investigation into production of SCP-XXXX-1 (See SCP-XXXX Treatment below).

Description: SCP-XXXX is an infectious retroviral agent of typical structure, with the exception of an RNA plasmid encased in the viral envelope alongside the usual RNA strand. No function of this plasmid has thus far been discovered.

SCP-XXXX is transmitted via skin contact, with infection occurring in 97% of cases. The median incubation period is approximately 14 days, with the longest recorded confirmed case being 26 days before symptoms appeared. Transmission will not occur prior to the infected becoming symptomatic.

SCP-XXXX has been observed to infect all tested fauna, however only humans have suffered its symptoms. Other species act only as carriers, and the virus will become transmissible after being infected for a period of 2-3 weeks. SCP-XXXX has not been detected outside a host.

An infected subject, after the virus takes effect, will begin to show signs of dehydration. This is not due to the body failing to absorb any intake of water; rather, when a subject consumes any food or drink containing water, the water will vanish, along with an additional identical amount from the body. It is unknown whether the lost mass is transferred elsewhere or simply destroyed. This includes water consumed in ice or vapour form. Testing has revealed that water taken orally, absorbed through the skin, injected intravenously, or through ██████ ████████████ trigger the effect. Death inevitably occurs in under a week, with an average survival period of four days. SCP-XXXX is chronic, and has no known cure.