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"High pathogen levels detected. Zerg infestation imminent."

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Results of infestation

The zerg hyper-evolutionary virus is an infectious disease through which infestation of living organisms is carried out.[1][2] Terrans and dogs are susceptible to its effects, becoming infested terrans and roverlisks respectively.[3] The protoss are (mostly) immune.[4]

OverviewEdit

"I heard there was a cure. Then I heard there wasn't. MAKE UP YOUR MINDS."

- A Terran Dominion marine on the hyper-evolutionary virus(src)

The virus mutates extremely rapidly, making the possibility of a cure seemingly impossible.[5][6] It can be spread through water.[7] The protoss were able to devise a nano-tech serum that could reverse the effects of infestation,[8] and Confederate remnants developed a way to partially preserve the subject's sanity,[9] but this was apparently no longer viable by the Second Great War.[10][11] By then the Swarm had developed a particularly virulent strain of the virus[6][12] which renders those infected vulnerable to UV radiation.[13]

Khalai protoss are (usually) protected from infestation by the fortitude of the Khala, but it has failed in at least one unusual circumstance.[4] Nerazim are protected by the powers of the Void.[14] Terrans are not as fortunate; their psionic potential was noticed by the zerg and the virus was used to assimilate it. The Queen of Blades was an example of a successful infestation, but most terrans, even psychics, were rendered mindless drones by the process due to genetic incompatibility with the virus.[1] Kerrigan made efforts to remedy this and succeeded in the infestation of Ethan Stewart.[15]

Extreme mutation by the virus will turn a terran into an aberration.[16]

Years after the End War, the virus was able to infest terrans in different ways, resulting in volatile infested terrans, infested siege tanks, and infested banshees.[17]

Other InformationEdit

The following section contains information from a previous version of StarCraft II that is ambiguously canonical.

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This article or section contains information derived from Co-op Missions, and should not be considered part of the official StarCraft storyline.

The organic components of adjutants are also susceptible to infestation.[18]

During the End War, Amon's forces weaponized a particularly virulent strain of the virus. Those infested moved at a frighting speed and rapidly proliferated the disease. Hallucinogens in their blood were able to cause hysteria in even the most stalwart warriors.[19]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Metzen, Chris; Chambers, Andy; StarCraft Legacy staff. 2009-04-03. BlizzCon 2007 StarCraft Lore Panel Editorial. StarCraft Legacy. Accessed 2009-05-18.
  3. Mesta, Gabriel (July 1, 2001). StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel'Naga. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0671-04149-6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Furman, Simon (w), Tomás Aira (p, i), German Erramouspe (i). "Creep." In StarCraft: Frontline: Volume 2 (paperback binding), pp. 26-67. Tokyopop, January 1, 2009. ISBN 1427-80831-7.
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  7. 2011-05-31, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Hands-On Preview - Zerg Campaign. Gamespot, accessed on 2011-07-08
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft 64. Nintendo of America, Inc. Mission: Resurrection IV (in English). 2000-06-12.
  9. 2000-10-27. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Deception (in English). Map Archives: Deception.
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  16. Phill Gonzales. Starcraft 2: Zerg Aberration. Deviant Art. Accessed 2011-02-10.
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  19. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Co-op Missions Mutator, The Quick and the Dead (in English). 2017-04-03.