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[Kyonoke] Contagion Tracking, Containment, Planning

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#81 - 2017-02-17 07:12:57 UTC  |  Edited by: Aria Jenneth
Elmund Egivand wrote:
You do realise that a prion is, by definition, a protein with virus-like infective and replicative ability, right? Only difference between Kyonoke and the other prions is that Kyonoke is airborne while the rest can only infect by direct ingestion of contaminated material.

The difference between a prion and a virus is that a virus carries genetic material while a prion doesn't. It replicates by simply attaching itself to a host protein and forces it to fold into an infectious structure that is identical to the prion's.


And yet the literature on Kyonoke consistently refers to it as a "speck" instead of a "prion." I'm guessing that's because the Kyonoke speck has some pretty anomalous characteristics as prions go. For instance: aggressive rapid-onset infection and only limited "lifespan" outside a host in its advanced configuration. I'm fuzzy on how that works, but, apparently it does.

Technical language isn't a magical or mechanical thing, Mr. Egivand; it neither dictates reality nor requires rigid adherence to preexisting structures. If you run into something that doesn't really fit the category it's in, you can make a new category.
Arataka Research Consortium
#82 - 2017-02-17 17:22:10 UTC  |  Edited by: Makoto Priano
An update, pilots. Now, the spread of the Kyonoke pathogen is clearly some form of terror attack. At the same time, the timescale appears to be relatively more brief than we'd thought.

The notables from this report:


  • The cordon was breached without Caldari Navy detection.
  • The breach occurred some time within the last two weeks, which immediately precedes the first outbreaks.
  • The method of transmission from this location to others is as-yet-unknown, but could have been directly to Oijanen, or directly to another location that then served as a hub for dispersal.

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#83 - 2017-02-17 17:37:59 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
An update, pilots. Now, the spread of the Kyonoke pathogen is clearly some form of terror attack. At the same time, the timescale appears to be relatively more brief than we'd thought.


Well, we can rule out some more hypotheses now. That narrows things down quite a bit.

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EvE-Scout Enclave
#84 - 2017-02-17 17:41:59 UTC
I find myself wondering if someone who had an agenda against capsuleers could use this speck/prion to sabotage and infect the source material used to grow our clones. This occurred to me as I was pondering how capsuleers might escape the effects of an infected body by clone jumping. Now there is a sobering thought indeed. In keeping up with the fast moving news reports and speculation, I might have missed discussion about it elsewhere. Has IKAME or anyone addressed this angle yet?

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Mercenary Coalition
#85 - 2017-02-17 17:44:04 UTC
Unfortunately, it doesn't make much difference in terms of what we can do about it. Our scientists have nothing to work with, our medical or engineering minded have little data to use in their preparation work and - fortunately - it doesn't appear that those of us of the more martial persuasion have any uses just yet.

So until more data is released, we remain at 'prepare, for damn near all eventualities' stages.

The only light at the end of this tunnel however, is that there is some malicious intent behind it, which means there's someone out there in dire need of experiencing the wrath of capsuleers first hand.
#86 - 2017-02-17 18:06:11 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
  • The method of transmission from this location to others is as-yet-unknown, but could have been directly to Oijanen, or directly to another location that then served as a hub for dispersal.

My initial suspicion is the Freedom Extension freight-handling platform, due in part to the timing. I must ask myself, why move the contagion from Taisy to Muttokon and not a Caldari freight hub? What made Muttokon a target?

Based on my calculations, there are several configurations of jump-capable ships that, if travelling from Taisy to Muttokon, would have to waypoint in Oijanen.

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#87 - 2017-02-17 23:59:01 UTC
Oijanen has incredibly large amounts of cyno/Jump Freighter traffic. Narrowing it down would be impossible, however most of them simply cyno in and warp to highsec via Airaken.

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#88 - 2017-02-18 14:20:27 UTC  |  Edited by: Aradina Varren
And here it is.

So, that's two confirmed Kyonoke. It's a very censored release though. Doesn't tell us much except that it is Kyonoke, and that they knew that from day one.

Feels Pretty Soft to Me.

Arataka Research Consortium
#89 - 2017-02-18 17:25:29 UTC
Alright. Index post updated.

That's Postouvin and Oijanen. I wonder at the status of Muttokon and Efu.

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Mercenary Coalition
#90 - 2017-02-18 17:33:21 UTC
Nothing new from our side. Local customs offices have been reinforced and will probably go pop tonight, but from a capsuleer point of view the system is otherwise pretty much quiet. Until the authorities release more information, or the press manages to get some anyway, we know nothing new here.

I know some people are working on getting information from groundside and trying to work out shipment and transit schedules and manifests, but we have nothing concrete as of yet. I'm sure they'll find something eventually, unless the authorities have sanitized the databanks even more vigorously than expected.
Arataka Research Consortium
#91 - 2017-02-20 17:02:56 UTC
Index post update; Efu situation confirmed. It appears that the station's indeed suffering an outbreak of Kyonoke, and that the Society is taking direct involvement. Indeed, Elder Mentor Matshi Raish himself is taking the laudable step of overseeing the operation from the station itself.

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#92 - 2017-02-20 22:33:00 UTC
They seem to be confident enough to contain it within the station and even stage their crisis center on board of it. Call me a fanboy now, but I like Matshi Raish's personal approach to this, it's inspiring.
#93 - 2017-02-21 00:04:32 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
Alright. Index post updated.

That's Postouvin and Oijanen. I wonder at the status of Muttokon and Efu.



It's Kyonoke there as well


I suspect something drastic will have to be done about the station since it will be a matter of time before it is considered a hazard.

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Arataka Research Consortium
#94 - 2017-02-22 17:15:14 UTC
Muttokon confirmed Kyonoke.

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#95 - 2017-02-22 17:20:43 UTC  |  Edited by: Hetu Hegirin
RSS Conference has confirmed Kyonoke on Muttokon Freedom Extension platform.

Dreadful, but anticipated. Based on the specific fatality rate for the ten-day period leading up to the SoCT presser, I would not be surprised if the number of dead now in high orbit above Muttokon exceeded 150000.

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#96 - 2017-02-25 17:53:37 UTC
An update, pilots. The circumstances surrounding this are unknown. However, this certainly explains the early presence of Home Guard troops in Myrskaa.

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#97 - 2017-02-28 13:25:24 UTC  |  Edited by: Makoto Priano
Another update, pilots. I apologize for the delay in posting this, as I've been away on consultations in Isseras.

We should soon know if the quarantines were enacted in time, given known incubation times.

The Kyonoke Response Group continues to advise delays on transit, preparation of a supply stockpile, and administrative preparations for new or expanded quarantine zones until such time as the crisis is past.

In the meantime, lack of information on the underlying criminal activity may result in hasty conclusions. We counsel patience.

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Pandemic Horde
#98 - 2017-02-28 15:24:22 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
An update, pilots. Now, the spread of the Kyonoke pathogen is clearly some form of terror attack.]



I'm not entirely convinced this is a terror attack. It could easily be that one corporation or group within the State or Federation or Republic went in, took a sample and it got away from them. The sample they took was transported to the Republic where it caused the elevator outbreak. The subsequent outbreaks were caused by crew who had reshipped before the quarantine went into effect. A terrorist who was bent on causing several outbreaks would have targeted much more populated systems.

Consider these points:

1. The unprecedented involvement of the SoCT.
2. CONCORD and the SCOPE's continued attempts at distracting the general public with stories about Angel Cartel and Serpentis arrests.
3. The current incursion by Sansha forces at the EVE Gate systems and the silence of groups like the Servant Sisters of Eve.
4. No known terrorist group has come forward to claim responsibility.

In any criminal investigation, one must ask, "Who profits?" Who would profit from a terror attack on these backwater systems? Again and again, we can only speculate because facts are not easily wrested from the mouths of CONCORD.





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Arataka Research Consortium
#99 - 2017-03-01 13:27:06 UTC
We will have to agree to disagree, Mr. Mokk. Given the inherent difficulty in controlling bioweapons, they make very little sense as a research target. What profit could be had?

That said, on to updates.

In the first place, a new Discourse has been released on recent developments.

In the second place, there was a frankly silly but related farce at a CEP meeting. Thearticle is linked.

In brief, on the second point, I would stress the aforementioned point on the difficulty of controlling bioweapons. If the Postouvin quarantine is breached, then there is no assurance that it will respect the Gallente-Caldari border. Ensuring containment is, as such, a truly interstellar concern.

Further updates as they occur.

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#100 - 2017-03-03 16:17:58 UTC
News, pilots! The Society is convening an inquest at the Postouvin facility under construction.

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