The Diary Of John Sing
These are a list of the common infections you might encouter though the course of your adventures. Now keeping clean is one of the things you can do to avoid infections but that might not always be possible with a limited ammount of water. If you do contract an infection, and you will given the fact that there are literally billions of meat eating human corpses walking around, you should try and get the attention you need as soon as you can to treat the infection. Remember without antibiotics or other antiseptics even a good case of pink eye can kill you. (There will be notes on how the infection will effect the player BUT most of these penalties are hidden from the player. The exact penalty will be only known by the GM. Specific rules for fighting and surviving illness you can go here.)
Here are a list of the common illnesses that survivors might run into.
Zombifacitiosis: The walking or slow zombie virus. It is spread by the bites and fluids from other infected people. Those that are infected present with flu like symptoms, fever, chills, headches, trouble concentrating, body aches, and fatigue. This viurs in and of itself is not fatal, but once infected the symptoms will get worse and never get better. However once the person dies sever hours later the body will reanimate and become one of the infected.
Rageporositisosis: The second most common infection among the zombie afflictions. Much like the walking or slow zombie virus it presents with common flu like symptoms. Fever, body aches, chills, headaches, fatigue, sore throat, and trouble controling rage. Like the other virus this one is not fatal on its own, but it does cause that same reanimation effect once the infected passes away. The main effect it has to assist in the death of the infected is the lack of control the subject has.
Karitinitosis: This infection is the one transmitted by the crawlers. It creates physical characteristics in hunams as it alters and rewrites the DNA of the subject. People present with simlar symptoms however not quite as severe as the others. Musculature, begins to develop more rapidly, nails being to grow at superhuman speed requiring cutting every day. Teeth begin to sharpen and elongate and all of the hair falls out over the course of several weeks. It is unknown if the subject actually dies or if they simply lose all congative abilites. Once it runs its course another crawler monster is created.
Cryptosporidiosis: Cryptosporidiosis has become one of the most common causes of waterborne disease in the United States in recent years; it is also found throughout the rest of the world. It is caused by a parasite that spreads when a water source is contaminated, usually with the feces of infected animals or humans. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps, an upset stomach, and slight fever. Some people do not exhibit any symptoms.
Influenza: Several influenza epidemics in the 20th century caused millions of deaths worldwide, including the worst epidemic in American history, the Spanish influenza outbreak that killed more than 500,000 in 1918. Today influenza is less of a public health threat, though it continues to be a serious disease that affects many people. Approximately 20,000 people die of the flu in the United States every year. The influenza virus attacks the human respiratory tract, causing symptoms such as fever, headaches, fatigue, coughing, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches
Pneumonia: Pneumonia has many possible causes, but it is usually an infection of the streptococcus or mycoplasma bacteria. These bacteria can live in the human body without causing infection for years, and only surface when another illness has lowered the person’s immunity to disease. Streptococcus pneumoniae causes streptococcal pneumonia, the most common kind, which is more severe than mycoplasmal pneumonia. S. pneumoniae is responsible for more than 100,000 hospitalizations for pneumonia annually, as well as 6 million cases of otitis media and over 60,000 cases of invasive diseases such as meningitis.
MRSA a common bactieral infection. Many symptoms include:
cellulitis (infection of the skin or the fat and tissues that lie immediately beneath the skin, usually starting as small red bumps in the skin);
boils (pus-filled infections of hair follicles);
abscesses (collections of pus in or under the skin);
sty (an infection of an oil gland of the eyelid);
carbuncles (infections larger than an abscess, usually with several openings to the skin);
impetigo (a skin infection with pus-filled blisters);
and rash (skin appears to be reddish or have red-colored areas).
One major problem with MRSA is that occasionally the skin infection can spread to almost any other organ in the body. When this happens, more severe symptoms develop. MRSA that spreads to internal organs can become life threatening. Fever, chills, low blood pressure, joint pains, severe headaches, shortness of breath, and “rash over most of the body” are symptoms that need immediate medical attention, especially when associated with skin infections. Some CA-MRSA and HA-MRSA infections become severe, and complications such as endocarditis, necrotizing fasciitis, osteomyelitis, sepsis, and death may occur.
Norovirus—the stomach bug
Norovirus is a highly contagious illness caused by infection with a virus called norovirus. It is often called by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.
Norovirus infection causes acute gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines); the most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
Anyone can get norovirus, and they can have the illness multiple times during their lifetime.
Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States.
Norovirus can make people feel extremely ill and vomit or have diarrhea many times a day.
Most people get better within 1 to 2 days.
Dehydration can be a problem among some people with norovirus infection, especially the very young, the elderly, and people with other illnesses.
Noroviruses are highly contagious, and outbreaks are common due to the ease of transmission.
People with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin feeling ill to at least 3 days and perhaps for as long as 2 weeks after recovery, making control of this disease even more difficult.