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Scrofungulus is a wizarding illness. It is a contagious disease and is provoked by an unknown magical bug. The "Magical Bugs" section of St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries treats this disease.[1]

Etymology

The name of the illness is apparently made from the word "scrofula" (the former name of tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis, a type of tuberculous that normally infects the neck), and "fungus". If the name is chosen intentionally to indicate the nature of this disease, the disease is most likely a type of fungus infecting the neck.

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
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