SCP-XXXX-2, which contains SCP-XXXX-1, which contain SCP-XXXX.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Individuals assigned to SCP-XXXX are to undergo comprehensive physical examinations weekly to rule out medical conditions or diseases that may reduce the efficacy of their immune systems. This includes the common cold. Those with medical histories that include chronic steroid usage, current upper or lower respiratory infections, pituitary gland surgeries, or autoimmune diseases are not to approach the site of SCP-XXXX or have any contact, professionally or otherwise, with anyone assigned to or involved in the study of SCP-XXXX.

Researchers of and biochemical engineers assigned to SCP-XXXX for the purpose of harvesting and refining immature spores must be fit-tested with N-95 N-96 respirator masks monthly or as needed in the opinion of containment specialists, and should not have facial hair that compromises a proper seal. (Note: Prior versions of the mask were falsely attributed as sufficient and are not adequate for protection from SCP-XXXX.) Respirator masks and equipment must be donned and doffed according to the established sequential protocols of Foundation personal protective equipment.

Collected samples must be handled with pneumatically-sealed glove boxes and kept in temperatures lower than 7°C to discourage epidemiological purchase in the event of an accidental containment breach.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an anomalous oomycete or water mold (Cyclospora solanacea Bakerifa) that colonizes a specific varietal of New England potatoes (Solanum Bakerifum). Potatoes that are known to house colonies of SCP-XXXX are designated SCP-XXXX-1. Both are indigenous to a lone, 5m x 9m patch of farmland in Upperville, Virginia, USA, itself designated SCP-XXXX-2. The potatoes therein are themselves not discernibly anomalous. The life cycle and metabolism of SCP-XXXX are comparable to other fungi which are dependent upon vegetal root systems, the details of which are beyond the scope of this article.

Premature removal of Solanum Bakerifum crops from the soil can result in the aerosolization of immature spores that have yet to fully adhere to the available taproots. 70% of individuals who inhale these spores develop symptoms. The affected individual displays an extreme propensity to discuss topics of relative non-interest to the neglect of necessary biological functioning, such as eating and sleeping. Thus, the anomaly is so named the "small-talk spore" in colloquial referencing.

Infection by SCP-XXXX in healthy individuals is relatively benign and self-limiting as the nested spores are unable to successfully establish a biofilm whereby they may germinate and mature. SCP-XXXX is eventually rid by the healthy body's native cellular defenses in a vast majority of cases, with supplemental treatment curing the rest. The otherwise-healthy infectee is not considered contagious, given that the individual has undergone an aseptic treatment after contact with SCP-XXXX, SCP-XXXX-1, or SCP-XXXX-2. However, moderate isolation is recommended for the duration of SCP-XXXX's communicable period (7 days).

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