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Star Trek: VOY episode
"The Disease"
ST-VOY The Disease.jpg
The Varro generational ship
Episode no. 111
Prod. code 210
Airdate February 24, 1999
Writer(s) Kenneth Biller
Michael Taylor
Director David Livingston
Guest star(s) Musetta Vander as Tal
Charles Rocket as Jippeq
Year 2375
Stardate  ?
Episode chronology
Previous "Dark Frontier"
Next "Course: Oblivion"

"The Disease" is an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 17th episode of the fifth season. The episode had an average rating of 4.2/5 on the official Star Trek website (as of August 23, 2007).[1]


Voyager stops to assist a xenophobic species known as the Varro. This species lives on a generational ship which has housed them for 400 years. While the crew works on the Varro ship, Voyager is infested with synthetic ship-eating parasites that had been released on the Varro ship by dissident Varro. Meanwhile, Harry Kim becomes intimate with Varro scientist Tal, and develops a physiological bond with her, one that is standard in the Varro. The physiological connection alters his behavior and sways him from his duties aboard Voyager.

It is later revealed that Tal is one of the separatists. There has been a rumour of a minority of Varro that want off the ship. The parasites that Tal helped create were made to separate the individual pods of the Varro ship without destroying the ship itself. Fractures along the hull created by the parasites begin to grow as the Varro ship begins to fall apart. Voyager's docking port is seized, trapping it with the Varro ship. If the explosions get to Voyager, it would be destroyed as well. However, Harry comes up with a plan to extend Voyager's integrity field around the unstable ship. This gives the Varro enough time to stabilize the parasites.

Once the parasites have been stabilized, Voyager breaks free as the Varro ship experiences multiple breaches and the individual pods of the ship begin to break free. The majority of the Varro remain together in separate pods but the minority group that wanted to leave is allowed to do so. Later, Harry must painfully say good-bye to his recent love.

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