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hances are, if you were an American kid growing up in the ’80s or early ’90s, you lost someone to dysentery — as you were trying to make your way west in the historical video game “The Oregon Trail.” The game, one of the earliest educational computer games to reach wide distribution, simulated a 1848 covered-wagon trip from Missouri through the wild frontier of the western US.

But perhaps its most lasting lesson was the varied and exotic ways that your players could get sick. There were snakebites and coughs, broken arms, exhaustion, and infections.

Those who played the game became familiar with the many ways travelers along that historic route got sick — and died. But how much do you actually know about the diseases they suffered? Take this quiz to find out.

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Hyacinth Empinado/STAT
Hyacinth Empinado/STAT

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