[size=+1] West Hill Pines Hospital: Approximately Three Hours After Exposure to the Parasite Eggs [/size]
The hospital was unprepared for the sudden influx of people that were arriving. Ambulances were zooming out of the bay and returning with gurneys loaded down carrying sick people. Doctors were being called in by the hospital, pulling in even ones who weren't on call to help deal with the massive number of people being rushed through the hospital doors. Beds in the emergency room were already filled and auxiliary stretchers were being utilized by the harried nurses.
Thus far, there were already forty-five people who had arrived at the emergency room and still more were arriving. The ambulances were ordered to divert the flow of people to other hospitals in the area, but there were still people arriving who were being driven in their own cars. Aside from that, the other hospitals were becoming equally full. The nearest hospital had received twenty of the patients bound for West Hill Pines and was beginning to run out of beds as well. The next hospital nearby was at fifteen and still more people were flooding the buildings.
The symptoms ranged from bad to worse, but all of them were ill. The sickest were streaming blood from the nose, the eyes, and the ears. Those who were not as bad were suffering from bruises spreading over large expanses of skin with little to no outside provocation. Internal bleeding was suspected for a handful of dead on arrival victims.
However, in a room quarantined from the sicker patients, is a group gathered who are not nearly as sick as the others. Any who exhibited their symptoms were ordered to be sent to West Pines to be dealt with and all reported cases thus far were gathered in a single room together now. Blood tests were being run for this group, whose main complaint was the feeling that their veins were on fire. Each had a rosy hue to them, as though blushing, which the doctors suspected to be caused by the widening of blood vessels. Whatever was afflicting the others, these people seemed to be exposed to as well yet their bodies were strangely coping.
Glancing around the room, Cerise eyed the other patients gathered with her. She recognized one of them as the custodian who cleaned the floor on which she worked. She was certain that'd she had seen at least one of the others around the office building. She shifted uncomfortably on the gurney that she had been give to sit on, before they had run out of them, that was. Likely they were going to come around at some point or other and remember that they had left a gurney with her and take it back. The others were sitting on chairs.
She swung her feet a little bit back and forth since they were dangling off the edge. She felt strange sitting here with someone that she knew from work and others that she suspected might work at the same building as well without her work clothes on. She felt oddly underdressed, in fact, in her jeans and tank top. She wanted to cover up, worried that maybe her boss would fire her for... but no, this wasn't work time. People were dying out there, certainly no one would care about her showing up in her free time to a hospital in less than professional clothing. Now she was just being silly.
"So... I've seen you before, right? At West Pine Enterprises? Don't you work there, too?"