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A search party comprised of SCP-4006 during encounter #41.

Item Number: SCP-4600

Object Class: Uncontained

Special Containment Procedures: Organisms approaching Research Base Brimley are to be terminated at the discretion of Officer Wilder. D-188 has been tasked with inspecting the remains of such organisms for signs of SCP-4600 habitation under remote supervision. Untainted meat is to be brought on-site to supplement reserve provisions. Infected organisms should be left to freeze.

Should D-188 become compromised, their task will fall to Junior Researcher Wimbledon.

SCP+006 has been redesignated Thaumiel. Personnel are to disregard its former containment procedures and care plan. It is to be utilized as a source of fresh water until it expires.

Description: SCP-4600 is the designation for a complex organism or entity that is present in ~99% of Earth's biosphere outside Antarctic Research Base Brimley. It is transmissible through both bodily fluids and direct contact with organic matter. Through poorly-understood, yet clearly ectoentropic means, it proceeds to both devour and subsequently replace all cells in a given host's body. SCP-4600 is capable of assuming its hosts consciousness and behavioral characteristics, allowing it to blend naturally into its environment.

Individual SCP-4600-infected organisms are capable of dramatically altering their physiological makeup when threatened physically, or if their identity is compromised. Extra mouths, tendrils, claws, barbs, and pockets of noxious gas may rapidly emerge at random.

Due to the ease through which it assimilates organisms, coupled with its ability to remain undetected, SCP-4600 was able to spread unchecked. It is unknown when or where SCP-4600 first manifested; it only became known to the Foundation and the world at large after a highly publicized attack involving over a million civilians packed around Times Square in New York on January first.

SCP-4600 is apparently averse to extremes in temperature, regardless of its host organism. It is solely for this reason that we have survived this long.

Addendum: Encounters

Encounter Description Status Notes

One adult male human, team of eight sled dogs.

Unknown Event occured within the first week of the site's lockdown. Director Blevins forbade interaction at this time.

One adult male polar bear.

Uninfected D-188 and D-099 were dispatched to investigate the organism. Electroshock weapons were provided in order to confirm SCP-4600 habitation. As there was no response, the body was then brought on-site and prepared for consumption.

Five adult humans. Four male, one female.

Infected Director Belvins, in breach of protocol, exited the base upon recognizing one among their number as a member of an American Antarctic research group. Director Belvins interacted with them, and was then seen to accept a food ration from the group. All six were terminated.

Seven adult male humans, four adult male dogs.

Uninfected Event occurred one day following previous encounter. The party was ambushed and terminated via gunfire. The humans were left in the snow; the dogs were brought on site and prepared for consumption.

Eight adult humans. Five female, three male.

Infected Instances wore winterized Mobile Task Force gear identifying them as operatives of MTF-Alpha-5 ("Honor Guard"); they were outfitted with gear and weaponry sufficient to enable forcible incursion into the site. They were engaged along the site's perimeter.

Several casualties were sustained in the ensuing firefight; these personnel were then brought indoors and prepared for consumption.
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