Both disease and illnesses play a huge role in the world of humans and monsters. Mainly infecting humans, monsters may use an illness to their advantage either in defense or a type of reproduction purposes. Here are seven of the mostly known diseases/illnesses that somebody can contain in the field of Monstrology:
#7-'Mummy Rot': The mummy is a creature quite recognizable in human culture. Being described as a type of "non-infecting" Egyptian zombie wrapped up in white cloth. During the decaying process (before the reanimation), mummy bodies contain a type of fungus which only survives in hot areas of the world such as in deserts or humid jungles. This fungus is known to rot away the flesh of a future mummy before the process of reanimation can begin. Humans can come into contact with this deadly fungus either by touching a supernatural mummy or from anywhere a mummy has lost any of its bandages. If somebody contains 'mummy rot' (which is the fungus that appears on supernatural mummies only), the person will begin to have rashes in the infected area. After a couple of days the infectious area begins to turn black and after a week, the fungus begins to eat away the skin. If untreated, the person will be completely consumed by the fungus. Luckily, this type of disease can be treated with the fungus' only weakness: the cold. Extremely cold water can both stop and kill off the fungus in a matter of two weeks. Though being infectious, an infected person should: A) stay away from other people to not spread the fungus to others, B) turn down the temperature to a safe setting for the cold to stop the growth of the fungus, and finally C) take either three or two cold showers per day until the fungus has completely disappeared from the body.
#6- 'Ghoul Fever': The ghoul is a complex creature in Monstrology. Being mostly related to the same family as goblins and trolls, they have almost the same body build of cave dwelling creatures (even though they're mostly found in graveyards) and are similar toward the Redcap but, have been proven to be also related to the zombie due to its infectious bite. The bite of a ghoul is the main way the species can increase their population (like the zombie). 'Ghoul fever' is what the bite does to any human being. The bite has some sort of virus that attacks the immune system and then increases the body heat in the victim. The fever later kills the victim and the virus reanimates the body then improves the immune system. Ghoul fever is commonly known throughout the world, where ever ghouls are known to live. There is a vaccine that can intercept the virus before it can fully weaken the immune system but, it only works 78% of the time (especially when the victim has a weak immune system already). Though the fever does occur after being given the vaccine, it won't be as deadly as before and the bitten should stay in bed for a couple of days before recovering.
#5- 'Ectoplasmic Overdose' - Though truly harmless, ectoplasm can hurt a human if he/she is exposed to it for a very good chunk of their life. Starting from birth to around their forties or fifties (without any breaks in between) can result in an 'overdose effect'. The ectoplasmic overdose happens to the lazy or hard headed people who know that their is a ghost(s) in their house and won't leave due to the fear that the entities will destroy it or worst. The overdose infects the entire body, including the mind, in which the person will become completely crazy. The first and second signs of ectoplasmic overdose is the skin turns pale and strange mucus exits the body in certain places (the nose, mouth, ears, and anus). The third and fourth signs involves the person becomes too ill and becomes paranoid toward neighbors, friends, and family. Treatment of this supernatural illness involves a hospital visit to clean out the body and to calm the mind (which is the hard part due to getting the person away from the house), then exorcisms to banish the ghosts from your house, and finally take a vacation to get away form your home so the ectoplasm can dry up.
#4- 'Vampire Saliva': Having healing abilities, vampire saliva can be deadly thanks to known diseases such as rabies. When a vampire bites a person, he/she bites into the neck of the victim to lick up the blood as it comes from the wound. After finish drinking, the vampire uses her/his saliva to help heal the victim's wound. Though all humans know that if a vampire bites you, you would become one yourself (either a pure bred which happens when the vampire drinks your body's entire supply of blood or a half breed when the vampire drinks small amounts of your blood). The saliva can carry rabies into your blood stream that would cause the new vampire (or half breed) to become rabid. Though rabies is rare in vampires, it has a one out of four chances that it would happen to somebody in the world. Treatment is easy to contain but, for vampires it costs a lot of money so, if you ever think about becoming one. Ask the vampire before the change to see if he/she has rabies (usually you can tell by aggression).
#3- 'Were-beast Venom': Most were-beasts (werewolves, werebears, werecats, werebats, etc...) are known to have either a strong venom or weak venom that help species reproduce without having sexual reproduction. For example, werewolf venom is mildly high and can most likely infect the strongest of humans who survive an attack. Werebear venom is a decimal higher from werewolf venom and is the strongest of all venom types from each species. The weakest venom known to Monstrologists is the Lobizon (the Argentina werewolf) can only effect young children and people (mainly older adults) with weak immune systems. Were-beast venom have been proven to improve one's natural abilities but, will cause a human to turn into a monster during full moons. Venom from were-beasts have been also proven to cause others of the same family great pain when bitten but, depends on the venom's strength. There is no cure on how to were-beast venom but, research is being conducted to find a way to either control the beast from within or eliminate the venom from the body.
#2- 'Demonic Procession Backlash': Demons are known to process human bodies for purposes of their own fun. Torturing souls and feeding off the depression given off by their victims, the demon is a terrible creature to face. After an exorcism, the victim will be free from the control of a demon but, if more than one demon processes a body, backlash can come into play. After the amounts of exorcisms are complete, the victim will become ill if one or two of the demons which processed the body dies during the banishment. The demon will decay within the body of the human and will cause horrible pain for the victim. Strong demons (example: Satan) can also leave backlashes due to the demon being an entity of darkness. Nausea, vomiting, terrible diarrhea, and many known illnesses can come into play afterwards. If someone has a demonic procession backlash, seek a exorcists or demonologists for help. Drinking holy water is a known cure for this. For a side note, angels can do the same thing but, in a different way but, demonic procession is the most painful between the two.
#1- ' Solanum': Solanum is the name of the virus that comes from zombies. Certain species of zombies such as mummies, juju/voodoo zombies, and the draugr don't have infectious bites but, do infect humans in different ways. Solanum is known to, after being bitten, burrow into the bones of the victim until the virus feels that the host has escaped from the zombie. Afterwards, it goes throughout the body until it reaches the major organs and of course the brain. It then shuts down the organs and kills the victim. During death, Solanum rewires the brain to natural instincts and then reanimates the body to follow the directions of the virus. There is no known cure for solanum except suicide (that cuts off the virus from doing its job) or getting shot in the head as a zombie. There is one way a person can be saved from the bite but, will still turn: X-Solanum. X-Solanum is a mutation of the virus that creates xombies, a zombie with a human conscious. The mutated virus will do the same thing as the original but, will keep the human from losing his/her humanity. Next to that, the human will be improved by the virus to become stronger and faster than a normal zombie. Though extremely rare (1/100 chance of becoming a xombie), the mutated strand and the normal strand of the virus do attack each other in order to halt one or the other opposite strands from multiplying.