Illnesses, Symptoms & Cures

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Introduction to illnesses

As you try to survive you may contract an illness, either from getting too cold while out in the open, bandaging yourself using something that hasn't been disinfected, performing a blood transfusion in a location that is not sterile, by being hit by a zombie or contracting an illness from other players.

You may not become aware that you have fallen ill straight away, usually it takes a while for all the symptoms to fully show and effect you, but you may begin to notice your player coughing or moaning in pain which are the first telltale signs that you have contracted some kind of illness. Lets have a look at the types of illnesses in the game, their symptoms and how to cure them.

Diagnosing what illness you have

Learning the symptoms of each illness will allow you to make a basic diagnosis and cure yourself quickly, however the best way to reliably tell if you have contracted any illnesses and which ones is to use a single use tester or multi use tester. (Note that the multi use tester can only be used by level 3 medics). See the medic skill set on how to become a level 3 medic.


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Single use tester.

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Multi use tester. (Can only be used by level 3 medics).

Infection of the blood

Symptoms

Blood infections are very common and easy to contract if you do not use adequate protection and antiseptics when treating wounds or performing blood transfusions.

The symptoms of a blood infection are:

  • Greying of the screen / bad visibility (Early Stages)
  • Loosing consciousness randomly (Intermediate Stage)
  • Dehydration(Intermediate Stage)
  • Loss of blood and eventual death (Advanced Stage)

Curing this illness

The only way you can cure infections of the blood is by crafting blood bags with antibiotics
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and using them to give yourself or others infected a blood transfusion, or using ones that other players have crafted if you cannot craft your own yet. Click here to learn how to perform a blood transfusion.


Note
Remember to perform blood transfusions inside hospitals which are sterile places to avoid contracting blood infections and to always have a pair of gloves
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in your tool belt.


Click here to learn how to craft blood bags with antibiotics. Click here to learn how to give yourself or others blood transfusions.

How to avoid contracting this illness

  • Always make sure you have a pair of gloves
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    and face mask
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    in your tool belt before performing blood transfusions and always perform them inside hospitals.
  • Always make sure you have a pair of gloves
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    and face mask
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    in your tool belt before bandaging yourself or others.
  • Always make sure you use antiseptics
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    when bandaging yourself with cloths
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    .

Food poisoning

Symptoms

Food poisoning is also very common, especially if you consume opened tin cans and unboiled water. Food poisoning is easy to cure however if left untreated it can become life threatening.

The symptoms of a food poisoning are:

  • Stomach growling sounds
  • Dehydration

Curing this illness

You can cure food poisoning easily by consuming some activated charcoal tablets
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which can be found lying around in the game world.

How to avoid contracting this illness

  • Always make sure to boil water before you drink it.
  • Avoid eating opened tin cans and food prone to going bad quickly unless you have to.
  • Avoid eating raw meat.

Common Cold

Symptoms

The common cold is also a very common infection that you may contract while trying to survive. You will mostly contract it if your body temperature is low for a long time. This infection is different than the others because you can also contract it by standing close to other players which are suffering from it.

The symptoms of the common cold are:

  • Loud cough

Curing this illness

The common cold is easy to cure. You can cure it by consuming antibiotics
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which you can find lying around, and you can also craft stronger ones after completing the 'Magic Pill' research quest in the medic skill set.

How to avoid contracting this illness

  • Do not let your body temperature to fall by avoiding standing still for long times or being present in cold areas such as at sea or in the mountains for long periods of time.
  • Dress warm with winter clothes when in cold areas.
  • Avoid standing close to other players that you can hear coughing.
  • Make sure you always have a face mask in your inventory when standing close to other players and when traveling together in vehicles.

Zombie Virus

Symptoms

As you may already know, zombies were people who contracted the zombie virus, died and turned in to zombies that now roam the land, meaning they still have the zombie virus inside them. You can contract the zombie virus when you cut zombies or take blood samples from them or when they hit you and tear your skin. After contracting the zombie virus you will eventually die and turn in to a zombie yourself if left untreated. The only way to cure the zombie virus is to consume the antidote
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which you can craft by completing the zombie virus research quest in the medic skill set or obtain from other players that have crafted it.

The symptoms of the zombie virus are:

  • Hallucinations
  • Poor vision / Greying of the screen

Curing this illness

You can cure the zombie virus by consuming the zombie virus antidote
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which you can craft by completing the zombie virus research quest in the medic skill set or obtain it from other players that have already crafted it.

How to avoid contracting this illness

  • Avoid cutting zombies unless you need to.
  • Avoid standing close to other players that you can hear coughing.
  • Make sure you always have a face mask
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    in your inventory when standing close to other players and when traveling together in vehicles.

Dr. Ivan's Virus

Symptoms

Dr. Ivan's virus is a very rare virus which you can contract by being hit by Dr. Ivan, cutting his body or taking a blood sample from his body. Dr. Ivan's virus is very hard to cure as it can only be cured by consuming the antidote to it
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. The location of that antidote was only known to Dr. Ivan and asking him for it if you happen to see him now is probably not a good idea.

The symptoms of Dr. Ivan's virus are:

  • Hallucinations
  • Poor vision / Greying of the screen
  • Loss of energy

Curing this illness

  • Find the antidote to Dr. Ivan's virus
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    . Location unknown.

How to avoid contracting this illness

  • Avoid being hit by Dr. Ivan.
  • Avoid cutting and taking samples from Dr. Ivan's body unless you need to.
  • Make sure you always have a face mask
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    in your inventory when standing close to other players and when traveling together in vehicles.