Miner's disease is a common problem for the dwarves, but has also plagued the humans, grum, ogres, skrell and others race that practice mining. This disease is caused by soil bacteria which requires high humidity and cool temperatures to thrive. Contaminated soil is often found in subterranean fungus patches inhabiting the soil near giant mushrooms and other growth. The bacteria often infects any fungi that draws nutrients from the soil. Subsequent infection can result if contaminated fungi is eaten. Dwarven miners, who regularly inhale excessive dust, seem to be particularly susceptible to this problem.
Miner's disease usually lays dormant in the body for a very long period of time before any symptoms will occur. When the disease finally shows itself, the onset of symptoms are very sudden. Muscle rigidity results in paralysis that affects 30 to 60 percent of the body. The elbows, knees and other major joints will become painfully swollen. This is sometimes accompanied by a headache. While the victim will suffer extreme fatigue and drowsiness, it is difficult to sleep due to the pain. The symptoms can last up to a week before slowly fading.
Certain subterranean plants can ease the symptoms.
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