I was diagnosed with epidemic pleurodynia or Bornholms Disease, aka the Devil's Grip on Friday, September 4, 2009. A description of this disease from the Merck manual is below. This virus is highly contagious and is sourced from infected fecal matter. It is most prevalent in late summer or early fall. It can be transmitted through swimming water, water bottles, water cups, port o potties, food, etc. Some symptoms may have occurred on the run of IMC according to my doctor. My body digressed and on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, I was in the grip.
This is one nasty virus so my question is: does anyone have knowledge of anyone else who was at IMC experiencing this disease?
Please contact me if you have contracted this disease.
Thanks for your help in trying to locate the source. Also, hopefully I did not infect anyone.
Note: I am hyper-conscious about what I touch; I don't take airline drinks or snacks; I don't eat the pre-race welcome meal, etc.
Other than the race venues the other possible sources for me are: BART, AirBart bus, SWA flight from Oakland to Spokane, rental car, two restaurants and one cafe and one sandwich shop in Penticton.
From the Merck Manual:
Epidemic pleurodynia is a febrile disorder caused by a group B coxsackievirus. Infection produces severe pleuritic chest or abdominal pain.
Epidemic pleurodynia may occur at any age but is most common in children. There is sudden onset of severe, frequently intermittent, often pleuritic pain in the epigastrium or lower anterior chest, with fever and often headache, sore throat, and malaise. The involved truncal muscles may become swollen and tender. Symptoms usually subside in 2 to 4 days but may recur within a few days and persist or recur for several weeks. Up to 5% of cases are complicated by aseptic meningitis, orchitis, and, less commonly, myopericarditis. After recovery, subsequent infection with another group B coxsackievirus is possible.
Diagnosis may be obvious in a child who has unexplained severe pleuritic pain during an epidemic. However, symptoms may be hard to distinguish from other causes of pain. Laboratory diagnosis is not routinely necessary; it consists of demonstrating seroconversion or isolating the virus on a throat or stool culture.
Treatment includes NSAIDs and other symptomatic measures.