The Rupture Disease, often just called 'Rupture,' is a high-lethality disease that has been effectively eradicated in Southern Populations. It has had no major epidemics in Northern Populations.
Out of Character Information
The Rupture Plague is the plot device created to explain the massive cultural differences between Sapphos Weyr and The North.
It would be widely known to all people in the South as well as riders, traders and politicians in the North, in addition to any other person or gorup with a large southern presence or communication.
In Character Information
The Rupture Disease appeared in the South just over a century ago, in Turn 1120. It proved to be exceptionally dangerous, particularly to men, and moreso to male dragonriders. The disease caused blockages of the urethra which tended to cause ruptured bladders before surgery could be performed, by simultaneously creating diuretic and swelling effects. Due to the much narroer urethras of men, they were more likely to die from this.
There were other symptoms as well, including high fevers and excessive sweating. However, because these fevers rarely presented more than forty eight hours in advance of the swelling, and could be mistaken for other, more minor diseases, diagnosis was usually too late.
Surgical attempts to address the issue often ended in one of two ways: mutilation, resulting in sterility, or infection. There were, prior to the disease, few practictioners for urinary health of males, and the information available on the anatomy of the male urinary system was not advanced enough for much successful treatment. This disparate degree of knowledge contributed to the higher survival rates of women, whose urinary systems were well studied by healers specializing in obstetrics.
Attempts to develop vaccines and medicinal treatments were unsuccessful until Turn 1233 After Landing, when a vaccine was created. After widespread innoculation was completed, deaths decreased dramatically, with the last official death to Rupture occurring in T1240 A.L.
Because of the high mortality rate of the disease, one in ten women and one in three men, quarantine was placed on the Southern Continent. Due to the high quality of Southern food products, there was still some trade, however Sailors and Traders were forbidden from contact with natives.
The disease's primary mode of transmission was sexual. However, fluid-to-blood contact, as discovered by unfortunate healers, could also result in infection.