- "They are black marketeers who specialize in creating bioweapons. What do you think they've been working on?"
- "Weaponized tuberculosis."
- —Oliver Queen and John Diggle[src]
AK Desmond Group, a black market organization specializing in bioweapons, created a bioweapon-like tuberculosis at the behest of Justin Claybourne. Claybourne used the weaponised tuberculosis to cause an outbreak in Lamb Valley, as his company, Claybourne Pharmaceuticals, came out with a miracle cure of a drug, Dycloseral, the price of which from $10 a pill to $1,000 overnight. Claybourne intended not only to make money, but to "thin the herd", killing off poor people unable to pay the high price for the curative drug.
Behind the scenes
- In real life, tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. Most infections do not have symptoms, known as latent tuberculosis. About 10% of latent infections progress to active disease which, if left untreated, kills about half of those infected.