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So far, no scientific establishment has captured, or isolated a strain of the disease that has ravenged the entire Earth. At first, all records simply noted it as an "infectious disease of unknown origins," But after a while, it began to be termed the New York Syndrome. Most people catagorize it in a similar vein to the Gulf War Syndrome, since no-one is really sure what is going on. Almost all age groups, nationalities, and income limits were equally affected by the same death rate, 70%, at last tally. From what is understood, the disease is an elegant form, albet what most people term "overkill" in most circles. 4 Days after infection, most people report slight aches and pains, as well as fatigue that never seems to go away. This stays steady until 9-14 days into the disease process, whereupon one day their entire body's condition will deteriorate in a matter of hours, or they die in a more prolonged process that takes 3-5 days. All cases of death are reported as a total metabolic failure, where the body totally shuts down, although usually one organ system does progress faster than the others.
After death, a curious phenomenon was found. Most people stricken with the disease process usually become extremely pale, often moreso than a person usually would be with pallor mortis. This continues well into death. More importantly, bodies do not decompose as fast. Bodies in open air from 2008 have been seen almost completely preserved, fluids included well into 2010. Most bodies in water, however, do decay, but at a much slower rate than would otherwise be noted. In most instances, entire interstate highways have been littered with the bodies of the dead even years later.