August 11th, 2011

Looking for fatal infectious disease

Setting: Unknown, but at least 300 years in the future. There are no hospitals or medical care available apart from what the characters can provide themselves. The characters are the last remaining human beings on the planet.

Terms searched: Infectious diseases, chicken pox, fatal diseases, SARS, immunization, transmission of diseases

I have three characters (all male and over 70), and for the purpose of the story two of them should be infected with a fatal disease by the third. What I'm looking for is an infectious disease that would be carried by the third character, but the third character should be immune to the disease himself. (At the time the story is set, medical help has been completely unavailable for at least several decades) I considered chicken pox, but it doesn't fit the story, and I would prefer to stay away from all similar diseases (smallpox,  ...). SARS fits symptom-wise, but I could find no info on the possibility of acquiring immunity without vaccines.

(For personal reasons, I would like to stay away from tuberculosis if at all possible)

Gunshots and related questions

Hello all.  I've wandered into the NCIS fandom and I find myself confused before I even start my fic.

Some background:
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Now, on to the questions.

She gets shot by four guys, two from the front and two from the back.  From the sound in the episode, there are a lot of bullets flying around (though some are hers).  What kind of injuries could she sustain and still come out alive?  And I'm thinking just barely, needing to be brought back at times.  The only thing I've established is she has a surgical scar down her front.  An injury to the heart, maybe or would there be another reason for thoracic surgery?  These guys are trained assassins, so they're shooting to kill.  Her injuries would likely be all upper body, centrally located (though bad guys on TV are notoriously bad shots).  Lung injuries are a guarantee.  Is it possible to survive having multiple bullets penetrate the lungs?

Also, I saw in my research that someone with a chest wound can be released from the hospital after a week or so.  Let's say she's had heart surgery, would this week time frame still hold true or would it be longer?  And would she be unconscious at all post-op?  Could she be conscious and relatively coherent a couple days after?

I read through most of the pseudo-relevant gunshot posts here, so I found a lot of information on the physical effects down the road and a lot of information on bullets.  I also have the Body Trauma for Writers book, but it's packed up and I can't get to it.  From past research, I know about pneumothorax and things along those lines.  Even just pointing me in the direction of some search terms would be helpful.  I feel like what I'm asking is fairly situation-specific.

German troop movements, 1916-1917

When - 1916, into 1917

Where - France.

Searched - 'Somme Offensive', 'Battle of Verdun'', 'German casualties in Somme/Verdun' (I searched both), 'German units at Verdun/Somme' (again, both)

Question - It's a silly question and I'm almost certainly going to find an answer using a different Google search string which I haven't thought of yet, but I have a character who fights with the imperial German army at Verdun in 1916. When the Somme offensive - which as far as I understand was meant specifically to draw the Germans away from Verdun - begins, my character is sent there instead.

I can't find anything to tell me which units might have been present at both Verdun AND the Somme. Can anyone help, or at least point me in the right direction so I can try a different search term?