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Item #: SCP-3XXX

Object Class: Keter

Threat Level: Orange

Special Containment Procedures: All copies (genetic and original) of SCP-3XXX must be held in cold storage at Biological Sector 2 of Area-10 as per biohazard protocol. SCP-3XXX has to be held in an antibacterial polycarbonate chamber with a self-sustaining, refrigerated container. Acacia, oak, and birch trunks (all variable in sizes) infected with SCP-3XXX will be placed in antibacterial containers in the chamber for future testing and research. SCP-3XXX's chamber is restricted to Level-3 personnel and research is restricted to Level-4 personnel.

All those who are affected by SCP-3XXX but aren't eliminated will be quarantined and treated by medical personnel. Should SCP-3XXX survive quarantine, the carrier will be placed in an enhanced solitary confinement cell, restricting SCP-3XXX's rooting ability.

Description: SCP-3XXX is an infectious retrovirus similar to epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV)1 that infects the human skin and the internal structure into any tree bark that the person is in contact with, turning them into "humanoid trees". SCP-3XXX transmits when a person is in direct or close contact with an infected branch, animal, or person infected with SCP-3XXX. SCP-3XXX lies dormant in the epithelial tissue until it has an opportunity to break through the defenses of the immune system. Only one in twenty has a chance to survive the conditions of SCP-3XXX. There is no current treatment or cure available to limit the outbreaks or stop SCP-3XXX completely.

Once SCP-3XXX pierces the immune system, it will begin to break down on the muscles, forming phloem around smooth muscles and limiting the contractility of the carrier. SCP-3XXX will then begin to convert the skeletal muscles into xylem, fully restricting the carrier's movement. The carrier's skin will start to transform into the periderm of contacted tree bark and will begin to root itself to any surface the carrier is standing on. SCP-3XXX will entangle the carrier completely and crush their body. It only appears that SCP-3XXX can only affect the muscular and skeletal systems, but can weaken the respiratory system by restricting breathing.

Addendum 3XXX-01: A carrier of SCP-3XXX, who was originally found in ██████, Michigan, renamed SCP-3XXX-01 (refer to picture), was rock climbing at Silver Mountain with two other people. The carrier came in contact with an infected branch while climbing and was subjected to SCP-3XXX's effects. Agents from Beta-7 and Theta-9 were sent to investigate and contain the anomaly.

Addendum 3XXX-02: Site Director ████ and medical officials have prescribed the use of monoclonal antibody therapy2 to limit the effects and possibly stop SCP-3XXX's outbreaks. All patients with SCP-3XXX must undergo therapy and treatment immediately.

Experiment Log 3XXX-01