I need a disease to give one of my characters, but it has to meet very specific criteria, for plot-specific reasons. (You'd think, considering my major field of interest--infectious disease, focusing on the 19th century--that I'd be able to answer my own question, but...no. Maybe it's because my interest is in mass-communicable disease? :-/)
THINGS I'VE SEARCHED: Wiki'd "Zoonotic Illnesses" (thinking a vector-borne illness would be a good choice) and searched the resulting relevant diseases (including, but not limited to, leptospirosis, Western Equine Encephalitis, and rabies). Googled various combinations of "1800s" "vector-borne" "disease" "illness" "historical" etc. Read relevant sections of multiple 1800s historical disease websites (sorry, the links are on my other computer) and books (that I own).
SETTING: United States, Washington territory, 1870-1880. Area is mostly wooded (though being cut down for logging), with a small town beginning to spring up at the edge.
CHARACTER: Male, 20-25, strong and healthy. Lives in a log cabin most of the time, and at a camp in the mountains occasionally. Works as a logger. Rides horses frequently. Drinks, doesn't smoke, sexual habits unknown. (If anyone can think of any other info that might be relevant, chances are I either know it, or can make it up.)( DetailsCollapse )
(And yes, for the record, I do know that it's quite likely that no one in my story is going to know the name of the illness--chances are, the character will be said to have "a fever" or "the fever"--but I still need to know what I'm giving him, so the symptoms and prognosis make sense.)
Thanks for any ideas/suggestions/opinions/links/etceter
a anyone can give me. :-)EDIT: Apparently, sometime last night--I think as I was doing research on this, actually--my computer caught a virus that is now preventing me from using it at all. I PROMISE I will get back to each and every one of you, but it may not be until after the weekend. I am so sorry. Until then...thanks so much! :-)