The Southern Fever
The Southern Fever, so called because the first appearances of it were on the Southern Continent, is a bacterial infection named for its primary symptom, a high fever that lasts several days. Without proper treatment, it is likely that someone who has contracted the fever will die, and those who survive are sometimes left permanently blind.
Transmission & Vectors
The fever is highly contagious and can be passed from one person to another by touching them or something they have touched and then touching your nose or mouth. Therefore, hand washing is important when tending the sick, to prevent contraction of the disease. Because the symptoms do not manifest immediately, and are not obvious at first, it can be spread quickly between people who are seemingly healthy. This is likely one of the reasons that there have been epidemics of it in several places.
The disease begins with feelings of fatigue, and sometimes body aches. Over the next couple of days, a cough develops, and shortness of breath. This is shortly followed by the fever itself. The fever continues to rise, often bringing with it delirium, and sometimes blindness. It lasts for several days. It recedes much more quickly than it come, and once the fever begins to drop, it is often gone entirely within a day. In some cases, this is reversed. The symptoms begin quickly, often with the fever developing a day or two after the initial fatigue. In these cases, the fever is often more severe, and has a "false drop," during which point it lowers, but continues for several days before fully receding.
There have been several small epidemics in history which scientists have suggested were caused by the Southern Fever, but it was the most recent one in Atlinthaia, which both gave the disease its name and caused widespread fear regarding it. This is likely because Atlinthaia was not previously viewed a country which was likely to suffer from an epidemic. Within weeks of the initial outbreaks, however, their medical facilities could not support the number of patients seeking assistance. The surprising swiftness of the outbreak has meant that currently, outbreaks of the Southern Fever, even small ones, are often met with panic.
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