Immunodeficiency [3/4] – Government Press Release

This series of four articles was written as an exercise in developing a world through the use of creative writing.  In a team of three, I was project/creative lead, and responsible for writing the lore of our fictive world.



Office of the Press Secretary

For immediate release                              November 12th, 2008



Following the information provided to the United States government by the World Medical Association two days ago concerning the cause of the superhuman mutation that has begun occurring globally as an unexpected side-affect of curative treatment for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, the United States government will be implementing a monitoring and screening program for those in the population still receiving treatment for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency.  This monitoring and screening process is part of a larger program designed to identify persons at a higher risk of experiencing altered bodily functions after being treated for the disorder, ensuring the reintegration of those that have experienced side effects from the SCID treatment back into society, and a continued monitoring and response program for those that may have difficulty readjusting to a normal life.


As of tomorrow, patients receiving the government subsidized treatment for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency will first be tested for the genetic signature that indicates an increased risk of developing superhuman attributes.  Those that test positive for the genetic code will be notified in confidentiality that they are at higher risk, and will be given the option of receiving alternative treatments for SCID, that while far less effective than injection provided by the WMA, will still be government subsidized.

Also, all patients that receive the SCID injection will require a compulsory check up at a registered clinic within 7 – 14 days to ensure their health and well-being in the unlikely circumstance that they have a reaction to the treatment.  Patients that are flagged with the genetic signature that puts them at high risk will be offered fully subsidized accommodation for that 14 day period within a constantly monitored environment, where trained staff will be on call 24 hours a day, to ensure their comfort and health over this period in which reactions may occur.


Within the month, a government operated hotline will become available to take calls from those experiencing side-effects from the treatment, to nominate themselves for the re-integration program that has been put together by expert psychologists and sociologists.  It is hoped that not only will people find the strength to nominate themselves, but their loved ones will also make nominations to ensure these gifted persons will benefit from all the support that the American government has to offer.  The program will be carried out in a newly developed, state of the art facility complete with first class accommodation, and staff of the highest standard.  As a post-therapy service, all patients will be offered free psychological counseling at any time, and the freedom to attend monthly meetings conducted to introduce those suffering from superhuman attributes to like-minded people.


Finally, with the devastating tragedy of the Virginia Tech massacre of August fresh in the minds of the American people, it has become obvious that a law enforcement taskforce capable of dealing with superhuman rogues will be required to combat future criminal activities.  As such, November 21st will see the establishment of a new division of the FBI, the Superhuman Response Unit, tasked with the sole purpose of investigating and responding to criminal activities involving people believed to have been mutated by the SCID treatment.  This specialized unit will be crafted from the most experienced law enforcement officers working alongside gifted recruits that will be crucial in the logistics of dealing with problematic superhumans.


Through these programs and projects, the American government hopes to meet the needs of all its citizens, human and superhuman alike, and ensure the well-being and quality of life for the foreseeable future.

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