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Subject: What diseases do you use? rss

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Robert Garland
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I just bought Pandemic and On the Brink yesterday and was wondering what diseases you guys use when playing. I was thinking of using the following: Red - Small Pox, Black - Black Plague, Yellow - Yellow Fever, Blue - Anthrax, and Purple - the fictional "Reaper" Virus ('cause it just sounds cool). How about you? What do you save the world from?
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brian
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There are quite a few threads on this topic. Here is a geeklist of another: Contest: Name Your Poison - Cure the Nameless Colors
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eric hill
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yellow-yellow fever
blue-blubonic plague (!)
black-the black death(!!)
red-the RedDeath...sometimes scarlet fever..sometimes hemorrhagic fever
yes they are silly and blue is purposefully mispronounced and black is the same as blue
but hey, itsa game
enjoy it
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Brian Hurrel
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Blue Flu
Yellow Fever
Red Death
Black Plague
 
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Nurture Waratah
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I haven't played yet, but when I was watching the video review, I was thinking of them as being:

black - black death (which is thought to be a combination of bubonic and pneumonic plague)
Yellow: Yellow Fever
Red: Ebola
Blue: Influenza

edited to add: I have since thought that when I buy the game, I will make blue the fictional flu called 'Captain Trips' (from 'The Stand'). I haven't decided for sure, though.
 
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Andrew Stingel
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"Black"
"Yellow"
"Blue"
"Red"

and we haven't used the fifth colour from the expansion yet, but when we do I'm anticipating calling it "Purple"

:D
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Oochiepan
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Great topic for immersive purposes, and the contest thread was a good read.

The WHO keeps a list of diseases that they cover with their Global Alert and Response (GAR) program. In other words, these are diseases that they would act in a manner consistent with Pandemic.

Since the diseases in the game behave in such a regional manner, you could try to choose accordingly. Personally I like:
.SARS for blue
.Dengue fever for yellow
.Yellow fever for red (I know... not yellow?)
.and Smallpox for black

Here is the WHO's current GAR list, taken from the WHO website http://www.who.int/csr/disease/en/

- Anthrax
- Avian influenza
- Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF)
- Dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever
- Ebola haemorrhagic fever
- Hendra Virus (HeV) Infection
- Hepatitis
- Influenza
- Lassa fever
- Marburg haemorrhagic fever
- Meningococcal disease
- Nipah Virus (NiV) Infection
- Pandemic (H1N1) 2009
- Plague
- Rift Valley fever
- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
- Smallpox
- Tularaemia
- Yellow fever
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Justin Schaffer
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My group's favorite is an epidemic plague of Gingervitus (red).
 
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