That Time an Accidental Plague Nearly Killed Everyone in World of Warcraft

That Time an Accidental Plague Nearly Killed Everyone in World of Warcraft

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In mid-2005 players logging on to play the popular online multiplayer game World of Warcraft found themselves besieged by a virulent virtual plague nobody knew how to cure or effectively combat. For around a month the plague spread unchecked throughout the kingdom of Azeroth, killing tens of thousands of players’ characters and intriguing experts who’ve since used the plague as a model for real world bioterrorism and epidemic research.

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