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Posted Dec. 3, 2021, 7:39 p.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Ven Miya (Chief Medical Officer) (Claire M)

Posted by Commander Aaron Foley (Executive Officer) in Main Sim - Sickbay

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Ven Miya (Chief Medical Officer) in Main Sim - Sickbay

Posted by Gamemaster Wombat (Gamemaster) in Main Sim - Sickbay
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Sure enough the same viral parts that were found in MacGuffin and Chekhov were found in the sauce. Whether or not that was the source of the illness wasn’t clear, but what was is that the spicy Kilingon condiment had served as an infection vector, making the jump from the bottle to the cadets, and then from the cadets to the rest of the crew.

GM Wombat

Again, Miya cursed silently to herself as she straightened from looking into the neutron microscope. She issued a few brief orders to the sickbay personnel before initiating a comm message.

=^= Ven to Captain Jacobs. We can confirm that grapok sauce found in an ensign’s quarters was one vector of infection, but the fact that the illness has spread from person to person probably means there’s another process involved. Unfortunately, we don’t know what that is yet, though my team is working on it. Until we find that out, we won’t know how the virus spreads, so anyone could become infected. I’d recommend tightening the shipboard quarantine until we have a clearer idea of what we’re dealing with, Captain. =^=

As she waited for the Captain’s response, she looked around the sickbay, proud of the way her team was working together to try to trace how people were becoming infected. If it was airborne, we’d all be coming down with it by now. If it was passed on through touch, I’d be showing symptoms as I helped Chekhov across to the biobed. Her cheek throbbed as she remembered the inadvertent punch which had sent her flying. So what’s going on here?

[Lieutenant JG Ven Miya, CMO]

=^= “Javal to Dr. Ven. I have conducted a diagnostic scan of the cargo bay response team, and it appears that as of right now, I have detected no evidence of an immune response or any viral antigens that are similar in character to the ones I have sampled from the infected individuals here. Considering that the response team has been in near constant exposure to the infected individuals since our arrival in Main Engineering, I am inclined to rule out airborne transmission as a route of infection, however I will be continually monitoring the state our team for any new changes.” =^=

There was a brief pause in the message from the Vulcan, likely one of his characteristic pauses as he pondered something.

=^= “Has there been any notable updates as to our understanding of the virus’s origin, or as to the condition of the infected crew currently in Sickbay?” =^=

[Cadet Javal - doctor]

=^= Stand by, Cadet - I’m getting some results through now. I’ll get back to you as soon as I’ve received them all and reported to the Captain. Ven out. =^=

This was a novel foodborn pathogen but there were several sisters that were quite close in relationship. One was transmitted through exchange of bodily fluids, one through sneezing, and one other, that was spread through ingestion of the toxin alone. The computer’s best guess given the information provided was that it was by cross contamination of food, shared water bottles and other things.

The sauce was homemade after all, so how ever it got infected was how the crew was infected.

GM Wombat

Miya thanked the NEs and NCs as the results came through. Everyone had worked as a team to analyse the grapok sauce and feed the information to her LCARS terminal. She asked a few questions, sought some clarifications, but ultimately it was her task to report back to the ship’s commanding officer. Miya marshalled her thoughts and touched her comm badge.

=^= Ven to Captain Jacobs. I don’t have a definitive answer about the source of transmission, but I can confirm that the grapok sauce which is the original source of the infection is home-made, so that at least rules out the replicators as a potential source. This is a novel foodborne pathogen, but the test results and computer analysis indicate that it’s probably spread through cross-contamination - sharing food, drinking from people’s water bottles and the like. That has to stop, right away. If the crew consumes replicator-made food and drink - perhaps from the mess hall replicators only, so we can minimise the infection risk from other sources - that should help to stop the illness spreading. We’ll continue tests on the samples from sick crewmen, sir, and hopefully identify a treatment as quickly as possible. =^= She waited for the Captain’s reply.

[Lieutenant JG Ven Miya, CMO]

=^= Thank you Doctor. We will maintain the quarantine for now then, as that will limit peoples ability to share food and drink items. Draft up an alert to be distributed to all crew ASAP. Anything we can do to stop further spread will be a great benefit to the crew. =^=

Cmdr. Foley - XO (Cross post)

=^= Acknowledged, sir. Ven out. =^=

Miya’s gaze returned to the test results still showing on her LCARS screen, then drifted to the biobeds where Ensigns MacGuffin and Chekhov were being attended by heavily-garbed sickbay staff. She should draft the alert, as Commander Foley had ordered, but there was something more … something niggling at her mind ......

Think, Miya, think! There must be something else you can do! She breathed a silent prayer to the Prophets … then gasped as an idea struck her. Finding the appropriate results, she re-read them before tapping her communicator.

=^= Ven to Lieutenant Williams. Aaron - can you help? We’ve isolated the likely pathogen from a sample of grapok sauce, but we need to synthesise a treatment. The computer has identified some similar pathogens already in our database, together with possible cures. There’s nothing that matches exactly, but one looks promising. I’m sending you the data now … can you and your cadets see what you can do, please? We’ll keep running tests here too, but your expertise would be extremely helpful. =^= Aaron was, after all, a qualified doctor as well as Chief of Science aboard the Challenger.

While she waited for her friend to respond, Miya reached out to Cadet Javal. =^= Ven to Javal. We’ve made some progress with the tests; now we’re trying to identify a treatment. In the meantime, do not share any food or water bottles with other crew members - that’s a probable source of cross-contamination. How are your patients - is there any change in their condition? =^=

[Lieutenant JG Ven Miya, CMO]


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