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Images: Deadly virtual outbreak

When a plague hit World of Warcraft recently, innumerable players died temporarily.
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WoW plague

When victims of the "World of Warcraft" plague began squirting blood, friends in the immediate vicinity also became infected. Here, afflicted characters appear as skeletons.

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2 of 2 Bill Detwiler/ZDNet

WoW plague

The "World of Warcraft" plague caused players to lose between 263 and 337 so-called "damage points." That loss killed off many low-level characters, but not those in the higher echelons.

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