1975 – OUTBREAK!
In 1975 a disease of unknown origin was brought to the attention of the World Health Organisation. It did not cause any great excitement to begin with, as few details were known. Initial reports were of a “..flu-like disease with erratic and unpredictable symptomology.”
Within 6 months of the first report a Pandemic was declared and all possible medical resources were focussed on containing the spread. Unfortunately a side effect of this was a decimation in medical worker numbers.
It is unclear exactly where the disease started, but early reports of strange symptoms began in the Middle East. ‘Cannibalistic Disease’ was an early name given due to the nature of the symptoms but this name was quickly quashed by Authorities. The mechanisms for the spread of the disease are still not all understood but bites from an Affected person always results in infection unless the bitten part is removed within thirty minutes. The agent responsible for the disease has not yet been identified.
There have been many theories put forward:
Communists, terrorists, bacteria from outer space, prehistoric bacteria released from melting ice caps, chemicals in pollution, scientist generated, chemicals in food and water.
All these theories remain unsubstantiated.
Once the disease began to spread and the danger confirmed, it quickly became apparent that those populations living on islands would be marginally safer. Global panic took over, leading to territories closing borders with strict controls on goods, travel and money.