The blood fever is a common disease that often infects soldiers. This ailment is caused by a bacteria that invades the body through any open and bleeding wound. The bacteria commonly lays dormant in garbage piles, corpses and in swamps. It gains a foothold in the body rapidly and then causes the skin to erupt in hundreds of sores which bleed constantly. This is accompanied by a high fever, stiff joints, sore muscles, a pounding heart and accelerated breathing. If left untreated, a victim can bleed to death from the sores alone. The elderly and obese sometimes succumb to heart failure. Even if the body fights the blood fever off, it often leaves scars where the sores where. Treatment usually consists of bed rest, bandaging all sores and a high intake of food. In addition, if blood root is eaten and applied directly to the wounds as a paste, recovery is much faster and scarring is greatly lessened. Once a person has contracted the blood fever, they usually will not become infected a second time. Those that do are able to shake off the effects much quicker the second time.
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