The updates were coming into the situation room thick and fast – and the news was not good. The virus was spreading.

The former deputy director of the CIA took of her glasses, rubbed her eyes, and addressed the panel.

“We also have to consider that terrorists could take advantage of this situation,” she said. “We’re looking at the possibility of famine. There is the potential for outbreaks of secondary diseases.”

One of her aides lent forward, and handed her a note. She read it quickly, and continued: “I have an update from my staff. I’ve been told that several governments have fallen, and others are teetering.”

 

 (U.S. Army Africa photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed)

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