Black spots on pepper plants are caused by bacteria. They cause brownish or blackish coloration around the base of the plant, especially near the top where they appear to have grown outwards from the main stem. These bacteria produce toxins which attack your body’s cells and organs causing them to malfunction.
The most common symptoms include:
nausea and vomiting (especially when eating)
diarrhea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting (especially if drinking water)
headaches and muscle aches (particularly if smoking)
It is not uncommon for people to experience these symptoms after consuming certain types of foods such as raw fruits and vegetables or even other food products containing pepper.
As with any type of illness, it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.
In addition to the above symptoms, there may be other problems associated with black spots on pepper plants. If you notice other signs of infection such as wilting or yellowing of leaves or stems, then it would be wise to get them checked out by a professional.
In order to prevent the spread of these dangerous bacteria, it is important not to share any utensils that have come into contact with uncooked produce. Always wash your hands before preparing any foods and after touching any infected plants.
It should also be noted that when handling infected plants, it is best to wear gloves as the oils can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
The bacteria itself cannot be treated with conventional antibiotics as it has mutated to resist them. However, there are a few ways in which you can prevent or slow down the infection. The most obvious method is to eat food that has been thoroughly cooked. This will kill all the bacteria present and prevent any infection taking hold in your body.
Other methods include:
Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly with clean water before consumption. Do not use any detergents or soaps as these may kill the good bacteria along with the bad.
Try and buy your food from a reputable store where they grow their produce naturally. Do not buy imported food as this is more likely to have come into contact with infected soil.
If you get sick, rest and drink plenty of liquids. Your body will naturally fight off the infection, but you need to help your immune system as much as possible.
Black spots on pepper plants are not always infected. If you have just planted some fresh seeds or cuttings, they may show the first signs of spotting. This is perfectly normal and will disappear over the next couple of weeks as the plant gets used to its new growing conditions.
So in summary, black spots on pepper plants are typically caused by bacteria that spread through contact with infected plants or soil. These bacteria produce toxins which attack the body’s cells and essential organs. The most common symptoms include: nausea and vomiting (especially when eating), diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting (especially if drinking water), headaches and muscle aches (particularly if smoking). Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of these symptoms. It is also important to prevent the spread of infection by not sharing food, utensils or any other tools that have come into contact with infected plants or soil.
Any infected plants should be immediately destroyed and your hands thoroughly washed before touching any other plants. Only eat food that has been thoroughly cooked. This will kill all the bacteria present. If you develop any of the above symptoms it is also important to seek medical attention immediately.
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You place the note back where you found it. It seems that there is more than one group looking out for the safety of survivors. Perhaps they will turn their attention to you soon.
You head back to the apartment block, stopping to eat some more of the meat you acquired earlier. You have a few strips of dried beef in a bag, which should help you get through the next couple of days until you reach the supermarket.
You spend the rest of the time watching some TV and generally just relaxing. You don’t have too much left to do before your mission, but there is one more thing you need to take care of today.
You flick through the channels and stop at a cartoon showing animals doing stupid things. You watch intently for about five minutes before you have an idea. You need to make sure you learn the latest popular songs. It’s been a long time since you heard any, and if you’re going to spend the next few days singing loudly it’s probably best if you listen to the kind of music you like.
You spend the next few hours watching music videos and taking notes. You get the titles of about fifty songs, some of them you know quite well, others you are less familiar with and will need to listen to a few more times. You’ll never be a music expert, but you should have a good handle on what’s popular right now.
After a while you turn off the TV and decide it’s time to get some sleep. You set your alarm for a few hours time, figuring that should give you enough rest to see you through the next day or two.
You close your eyes and drift off into an uneasy sleep. In your dreams, the world has returned to the way it used to be. You are back with your parents and little Gracie, living in the old house on the edge of town. However, something is wrong. You are slowly starving to death, and every time you try and walk somewhere you quickly become exhausted.
But no matter how hard you try, you can’t die. A shadowy figure sits in the corner of your bedroom, darkened so that you can only make out a vague human shape. Food has been left out for you, but it’s always gone rotten before you can eat it. “Just wait” the shadow says in a familiar voice, “your time will come soon.”
You are jolted awake by the alarm on your watch. After a few minutes you rise and begin to prepare for your journey to the supermarket. You decide to travel as light as possible, planning to stash your rations and other supplies near the supermarket so you only need to carry them once. Carrying a large backpack, you leave the apartment and make your way to the supermarket. Thankfully, your route is largely clear of infected, with the only ones you see being inside buildings.
You begin to think that taking it slowly was the right choice after all, even if you do end up dragging the rations back here.
You reach the store as dusk is beginning to set in. You’ve left it late, but you decide to enter anyway. If anything it should be safer with the dark attracting more of the infected.
You walk straight past the cashiers and into the nearest aisle, taking a left and heading down it while keeping an eye on the entrance you came in through. You grab a random can off the shelf and check the weight of the backpack. It seems to be barely noticeable, which is great news.
You keep grabbing different items and putting them into the backpack, checking the weight each time. You can probably get away with packing five or six days worth of food in here before the weight will become too much to be practical. You grab a few useful looking items and then head towards the shelf to put them in your pack.
Then, suddenly, you feel an agonizing pain shoot through your head.
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