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July 28, 2009 / Joe Osborne

The Swine Flu Goes Global… In Azeroth

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This is no cause for alarm, folks, as this virus is purely digital. WoW Insider just reported that certain “Unliving Swines” in the Borean Tundra zone of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft have a chance to spread a disease aptly named “Swine Flu” to players when attacked.

The disease itself is harmless, but whenever a player carrying the swine flu attacks a player or monster there is a chance for “Outbreak” to occur, a damage causing disease (it only last for eight seconds) that also slows players’ movement speed.

Coincidence? Purely, since this game mechanic has been in the files since The Wrath of the Lich King released last November. We recommend that our fellow citizens of Azeroth stay clear of all zeppelins, passenger ships and flying mount roosts in Azeroth. Outland should be clear… we think.

(Via WoW Insider)

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