Alternative History






Incubation Time

21 days

15 days

Transmission &

When contagious

droplet infection (spread though coughing)

Spreads early during infection

droplet infection or contact

Spreads late during infection: When pustules form in mouth or cheeks and spread though coughing.


Uncontrollable shaking, starting with hands and feet but moving to the entire body; fever and chills; severe diarrhea; also sometime temporary blindness and delirium.

Rash followed by pustules a few days later, usually starting at the head or wrists; fever; Vomiting; diarrhea; also sometimes excessive bleeding and delirium.

Common long term effect for survivors

In rare cases there is permanent nerve damage or madness

Scars from pustules.

Possible blindness or joint damage.

Variations and mortality

conetl papatlaca: Kills less than 1%

papatlaca: Kills 20%

cueponi papatlaca: Kills 90%

alastrim: Kills less than 1%

smallpox: Kills 25%

haemorrhagic, purpuric or confluent smallpox: kills 100%

Cause of death

dehydration, suffocation

haemorrhages, pneumonia

New World
Old World
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In general papatlaca is more infectious but less lethal than smallpox. Both diseases are less infectious than chicken-pox or influenza. These sort of diseases often originate from human contact with animals (cows, chickens, monkeys, &C.) The animals do not have to be domesticated. The *fact* that papatlaca first appeared during the Mayan famine leads to speculation that such an animal was contacted when Mayan foraging range was increased.

See also treatment of papatlaca.

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