The BLONDE IN THE BIKINI we saw earlier in the cove is leaving. She still wears her bathing suit, and now has LARGE PATCH BANDAGES ON HER BACKSIDE. She also has a very ODD LOOK IN HER EYES.
Claude, Jerry, and A FEW OTHER LOCAL PEOPLE with patches of the fungus are all waiting to see the doctor. DR. TONY DUSENBERRY, a round-faced man with a sun-burned nose, wearing wire-rim glasses and surgical gloves, finally brings Tracy out.
A few things we should be concerned about, though...You see, Tracy and a number of female swimmers in the area have been exposed to what appears to be a mixture of HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS fungi.
Plural for fungus. Various types have mutated and bonded together in a form I've never seen...and believe me, with that chemical plant on the other side of the lake, I've seen a lot of fungi.
The men show their obvious concern.
Is this serious?
The doctor pulls the men aside and speaks in a hushed tone.
At this point, we're not sure.
You're NOT SURE?
Well, we do know the fungus has some side effects that seem to affect the patients mentally. And we've observed some pretty strange behavior. For example, some patients appear more... affectionate than usual, compounding the problem of it being so contagious, and some are a bit...preoccupied...but so far it hasn't really hurt anyone.
How about the fact that it's ugly as hell and won't wash off?
Do you have a treatment for this stuff?
At this point, just bandages and a topical antibiotic, but we are doing extensive lab work and hope to have something shortly. However, our greatest concern right now is to stop it from spreading to others.
And how can we do that?
Well, for one thing, three-fourths of the people we've seen got it from your young friend Mickey. Finding him would be a big help.