ashir, Dax and Kira are on reconnaissance in the Gamma Quadrant when they receive a distress call from the Teplan system. The message tells their world has been attacked. The three land and find a pauperized world that doesn't look like it was attacked recently though. The people seem depressed. Bashir finds out all the people suffer from a disease called the blight. Once their world stood up to the Dominion and as punishment they introduced the disease. All people have lesions and when they get infected, they die. The doctor is shocked to find out the people turn to euthanasia when they have 'quickened'. A doctor, Trevean, provides a way out. Bashir offers to help find a cure, but finds only skepticism. Only one pregnant woman, Ekoria, listens with interest.

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