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Comic #2497

1 Steve: Erm... Jane, I have to tell you something. We can't tell the public there's a Balrog on the loose.
2 Jane Goodall: Indeed! The public can't know the truth about these cryptozoological entities. They'd panic.
3 Steve: Crikey! No, I mean...
4 Jane Goodall: We'll make up some cover story about terrorists releasing flesh-eating viruses across the city or something.

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As far as I know (and I'm sure I'll get e-mails from microbiologists if I'm wrong) there are no flesh-eating viruses. There are, however, what are popularly known as "flesh-eating bacteria", although strictly speaking they don't eat flesh, they merely cause it to necrotise (i.e. the cells within it to die).

I'll provide a Wikipedia link here, but be warned, if you are squeamish about wounds, you might not want to visit this page because of the photos on it: Necrotising fasciitis.

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