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Simonovirus, previously known by its Army designation of ZX-7, is an extremely unusual and virulent pathogen, being an influenza virus with an anthrax bacteria contained within. It was genetically created by the US Army through restricted bio-warfare research in the 1970's, and was eventually abandoned among countless other bio-weapons during their mass-destruction from the 1970's to early 2000's, despite the fact bio-weapons like anthrax were outlawed in the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) of 1972. Symptoms include itchy black lesions on the skin, high fever, occasional vomiting, extreme perspiration, chills, joint aches, cough, headache, fatigue, irritated eyes and nose, and on rare occasions, bleeding through the eyes, ears, nose, and even the aforementioned skin lesions. The viral-bacterium combination was created at Fort Detrick, Maryland's Building 470 specifically in 1974, despite its outlawing by the BWC convention two years previous. President Gerald Ford ordered the building sealed and all personnel screened for ZX-7 contamination in May of 1976; all were cleared after nearly two months of quarantine, and the matter was classified Top Secret, remaining sealed until 2001. During its creation, the Army scientists implanted a trace of radioactive material (Uranium-238) in the smallest areas of the contagion's cells, enough to give off a trace reading on a geiger counter of 4.37 rads for identification. (S4 - Patient Zero)

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