An eerie shiver ran through me when I saw this snippet:
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This is how those science fiction/horror stories always start, isn't it? Maybe it's like The Stand and those six people happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time -- truck stop/rest area/tollbooth when an escapee of a secret biological research lab bursts in and covers them in lab-created viruses. Or maybe these six hikers happened on the decaying carcass of a bear where a newly mutated virus is hanging out. Or something.
(It turned out to be a respiratory illness in a nursing home, but still. Brrrr.)