Zombie Apocalypse 1
Influenza H18N4 Virus
The Influenza H18N4 Virus, aka Raving, Rage, Reaver, Zombie, Rabies+ Virus
Symptoms can start quite suddenly one to two days after infection. Usually the first symptoms are chills or a chilly sensation, but fever is also common early in the infection, with body temperatures ranging from 38-39 °C (approximately 100-103 °F). Many people are so ill that they are confined to bed for several days, with aches and pains throughout their bodies, which are worse in their backs and legs. It can be difficult to distinguish from the common cold or influenza in the early stages of these infections. Symptoms may include:
- Fever and extreme coldness (chills shivering, shaking (rigor))
- Nasal congestion
- Body aches, especially joints and throat
- Irritated, watering eyes
- Reddened eyes, skin (especially face), mouth, throat and nose
- Petechial Rash
- In children, gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain
The virus does not usually directly cause the death of the host. Rather, the combination of reduced mental faculties and increased appetite leads most infected to die of dehydration, ruptured stomachs, or accident. Moreover, just as the infected may consume any remotely edible material, they may drink many liquids that are toxic.
As long as a host maintains caloric requirements, hydration, and other basic living requirements, they will retain a significant degree of coordination and cognition. Once suffering from a condition that would normally kill the host, cognition begins to decline. Accumulated damage to the body inevitably impacts coordination, as well.
The source of animation in a host which has sustained lethal damage in unknown. Extreme dehydration, freezing, and starvation still result in death, although at a more severe level of damage than would cause the death of an average human adult.