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"Is This How Viruses Are Transferred TO HUMANS?" Topic

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Cacique Caribe09 Oct 2018 12:59 p.m. PST

In your games …

A) Is it always after some guy gets too close to some infected animal, in other words an accidental interspecies transfer that goes on to mutate?




B) Or was the "infection" specifically designed to affect humans?

PS. This includes bacteria and other "plagues" (real or imagined).

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP09 Oct 2018 1:26 p.m. PST

Rabies is transferred to humans by animal bites.

Insomniac09 Oct 2018 1:49 p.m. PST

It could be lying dormant in the soil and gets uncovered by a farm worker… they breath it in and it spreads by air transfer from human to human.

There are plenty of naturally occurring viruses that can cause mayhem… Anthrax is one… and depending on what variety, depends on how lethal it is and whether the inoculations will work or not.

Accidental contamination of water/food supply is another one…

Oberlindes Sol LIC09 Oct 2018 3:06 p.m. PST

The call of the question was

In your games …

In scenarios involving infectious diseases, figuring out the vector is often the main task of the PCs, so I won't disclose anything here.

Stryderg09 Oct 2018 6:07 p.m. PST

I've never considered using virus infected muppets before.
Mostly my plagues are spawned by evil overlords bent on world domination or extinction, as the case may be.

Lion in the Stars09 Oct 2018 6:56 p.m. PST

Ebola is apparently initially transmitted to humans by eating bats.

Terry3709 Oct 2018 7:26 p.m. PST

Yep, sure looks like ole Vincent got the E-Kermit virus!!!!!


Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

Ebola is apparently initially transmitted to humans by eating bats.

People are eating fruit bats? Doubtful

You only need to be exposed to the secretions and excretions of infected animals to get Ebola.


Cacique Caribe11 Oct 2018 7:28 p.m. PST

Hmm people do prepare, cook and eat fruit bats in third world countries, along with lots of other "bush meat" (giant rats, monkeys, jungle cats, etc).


One of my earliest memories of National Geographic Magazine photos is of an Mbuti Pygmy boy chewing on a semi-roasted fruit bat in the Congo.

PS. I've seen more than a few bats that haven't been as thoroughly cooked as this one here:

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2018 5:26 p.m. PST

Dan, I'll give way to your culinary expertise. Lol.

I'll still suggest that the Ebola is transferred to humans by handling the dead "Bush meat" long before the actual cooking starts. From then on the human to human transmission is easy.

Lion in the Stars29 Oct 2018 2:15 a.m. PST

That's not what the folks who live in Africa are saying, but I won't deny that there is another possible route of infection than eating the things.

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