Devin Bryner Description/M.O. Yaws is a bacteria. It is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and enters through a preexisting cut, bite, or scratch. It causes warty nodules to appear on the skin. Victims/Hideout Three-quarters of the victims are under 15. It’s most common in kids 6-10 years old. It is found in humid tropical regions. It was believed to have originated in Africa and spread to other countries through immigration and slavery. Most Common Injury Stage 1: Appears within 90 days of getting infected, usually under a month. Painless warty nodules appear on the skin. Stage 2: Months to years later, widespread lesions show up. They often ulcerate and become infected. They usually heal after six months. Stage 3: About 10% develop to stage 3 after 5 to 10 years. Causes widespread bone, joint, and soft tissue pain. This may include the bone and cartilage of the nose. Armed and Dangerous? I would rate Yaws 3/10 in the degree of damage caused, but it depends on the stage. Stages 1 and 2 don’t cause much damage, although Stage 2 is very infectious. Stage 3 causes a lot of damage, but few people develop that far. Number of Victims & Most Effective Weapons Around 50-150 million people were affected in the 1950s, but it is unknown how many people are infected today. It is treated by one intramuscular penicillin injection or by a course of penicillin tablets. A single oral dose of azithromycin is also as effective as the injection.