Item #: SCP-XXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Instances of SCP-XXX-1 are to be kept in a 20 m by 15 m by 10 m containment cell with walls, floors, and ceiling composed of an initial layer of concrete of 1.5 m thickness, then a secondary layer of condensed limestone, 0.75 m thickness. This cell must have a 5 m by 3 m industrial grade window installed for observance into the containment cell. A vacuum-sealed door must be installed in a position observable from the window. The cell is located 55 m underneath Site ██. In case of emergency, a chemical shower is located directly outside of the door, sealed by another vacuum-sealed door. If any personnel are suspected to be contaminated with SCP-XXX-1, they must sit in the chemical shower for no less than 45 minutes, while under observance by Foundation medical professionals. The shower is design to agitate the instances of SCP-XXX-1 that are disguised as normal blemishes. Once saturated with the chemical mixture, they will begin to squirm and poke at the surface of the skin. This makes it easier for medical personnel to identify and remove the ticks; which should be done with a pair of tweezers.
Within the containment cell, multiple Round Pine bushes and Creosote bushes are to be planted in 8cm of soil. These shrubs are watered by a sprinkler system in the ceiling which is activated from the control room.

SCP-XXX-2 are to be kept within the standard human containment cell with a reinforced and vacuum-sealed door. In the case of an instance of SCP-XXX-2's expiration, the room is to be pumped with smoke for no less than three minutes, which will temporarily nullify the SCP-XXX-1 in the cell. No less than two HAZMAT units will take the corpse to the incinerators, while the instances of SCP-XXX-1 must be returned to the main containment cell.

Description: SCP-XXX is composed of two elements, SCP-XXX-1, the original anomaly, and SCP-XXX-2 refers to those contaminated with SCP-XXX-1.

SCP-XXX-1 appears to be a large colony of approximately seven hundred Ixodes pacificus (Western black-legged tick), but featuring a distinct crimson color on their body and a charcoal-black color on their legs. They follow many of the same behavior patterns as regular ticks, although they seem to more aggressively hunt down blood.

The anomalous properties of SCP-XXX-1 manifest when they attach to a living host. Typically done while the host is sleeping, SCP-XXX-1 will attach themselves to the host in a typical fashion, after which SCP-XXX-1 will take on the appearance of blemishes on the body; pimples, warts, moles, etc. They will cluster around similar looking blemishes in order to blend in better. Once attached, they drain blood considerably faster than the common tick. Both human and nonhuman subjects do not realize their acute blood loss even if shown their pale skin complexion. SCP-XXX-1 will drain the host of blood until it dies, unless the host turns into an instance of SCP-XXX-2

Instances of SCP-XXX-2 manifest when one or more SCP-XXX-1 attach to the brain stem of a human subject, typically by burrowing into their nostrils, ears, or eye sockets. Within three days of connecting, less if multiple SCP-XXX-1 take root, the subject will progressively lose its ability to speak, vision (although not completely), and will no longer seek food or water. Instead, the host will attempt to ingest blood of any source. More ticks will attach to the stomach in attempts to feed off the blood that the host ingests. Autopsies of instances of SCP-XXX-2 have shown that in cases were the host has a steady steady source of blood, the host is used as a colony for the ticks. Organs are hollowed out and used as breeding grounds. It is not known how the host continues to function with much of its organs destroyed. If an instance of SCP-XXX-2 cannot find blood to sustain the ticks, it will begin cannibalizing itself. After SCP-XXX-2's death, all instances of SCP-XXX-1 located inside will remove themselves from the body and immediately start tracking another host. SCP-XXX-2 only manifest in human subjects. Even if SCP-XXX-1 take root in the brain-stem of a nonhuman, they will only drain the subject of blood until it's death.

The first habitat of SCP-XXX-1 was found in a rural neighborhood in ███████, NV. A civilian family of three had been infected with SCP-XXX-1, producing the first documented instance of SCP-XXX-2, twelve-year-old Belle ████████. Her parents, Jason ████████ and Jacqueline ██████ were found in their bed with multiple bite wounds on their necks, and chunks of flesh ripped from their bodies. The bodies were in early stages of decay and were infected with SCP-XXX-1. Belle was taken into Foundation custody, but soon expired after self-cannibalization.

Since this discovery in 06/07/████, two other instances of SCP-XXX-2 have been found. One in an abandoned gas station in ███████, AZ and another in the wreckage of a car crash off Route 25 in ██████, NM. Both instances of SCP-XXX-2 had to be neutralized at their origin to protect Foundation agents. Apart from the instances of SCP-XXX-1 that came from the corpses, no other instances were found at these two sites.