Hi AJ. We just played with the Contagious Villager, and it worked out well. We gave the Contagious Villager only 3 Safe cards, plus the 4 Contagious cards, plus the Silent Villager card and 2 roll dice cards. So by the time you are in Round 3, (passed 2 cards in Round 1), the Contagious Villager is harming others with Contagious Villager cards or Roll Dice cards.
Ok, next time we play with Contagious Villager, I'll try less Safe cards. Thanks!