Snail Sickness, as it is known, is a parasitic infection transmitted via the consumption of contaminated liquids. If the larva survive the digestive enzymes of their newfound host, they will lurk in the intestines before departing. As the malicious molluscs move towards the upper dermal layers, the larvae’s shells grow. Eventually, as the shells increase in size, they make visible and painful apple-sized buboes on the skin of the victim. The pinnacle of this event are these bumps bursting as the shells grow to their final size, and the snails leaving the corpse to consume it and move on.
The parasitic snails that leave the body are considered edible, and some groups have dedicated themselves to harvesting them. Non-affluent entities are often harvested and placed into “Snail-Farms” where they are forced to birth these horrible entities.
The first stage of the infection, days or hours after the parasitic larva are accidentally or intentionally consumed, the host can suffer from throat pains, nosebleeds, and in some cases extreme migraines and abdominal pain as the snails migrate to the dermis.
In the second stage, circular bruises appear around the body, which is the precursor to the shellbumps seen during the third and final stage. In addition, extreme muscle atrophy follows. Along with hemovomiting and projectile diarrhea.
In the third stage, the bruises swell into large boils as the snailshells grow. This results in unfathomable pain, and oftentimes suicidal tendencies. Previous symptoms are exaggerated, which in of itself may result in death.
In the final stage, the blisters burst and the snails emerge. Resulting in almost instant death as the snails begin to feed on the body. Minutes before the blister rupturing, extreme convulsions and exsanguination via the orifices may occur.