Apparently there's a plague spreading in World of Warcraft. I can't verify this because I'm back at 30,000 feet (bought a Flight Duration pass for thirty bucks, then promptly realised there's no plugging-in to be had in Economy, and Business is full. Scruffs like me not allowed in.)
From Shacknews forums:
Heres the skinny: Blizzard adds in a new instance, Zul'Gurub. Inside is the god of blood, Hakkar. Well, when you fight him he has a debuff called Corrputed Blood. It does like 250-350 damage to palyers and affects nearby players. The amazing thing is SOME PLAYERS have brought this disease (and it is a disease) back to the towns, outside of the instance. It starts spreading amongst the genral population including npcs, who can out generate the damage. Some servers have gotten so bad that you can't go into the major cities without getting the plague (and anyone less than like level 50 nearly immediately die). GM's even tried quarantining players in certain areas, but the players kept escaping the quarantine and infecting other players.
Pretty interesting stuff! Imagine all the context this kind of thing could be used for.. I wonder how serious the consequences of contracting it are? And are there rats? Pyres? Facemasks?