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Disease Outbreak Associated With International Adventure Race

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October 31, 2000
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American Society For Microbiology
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After grueling, non-stop days of biking over mountains, crawling through caves and kayaking down rivers, the racers in the 2000 Eco-Challenge in Borneo thought their struggle against Mother Nature ended at the finish line. For many it didn't. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that at least 25% of the participants from that race developed a severe disease, leptospirosis, after returning home, highlighting yet another risk in the increasingly popular sport of adventure racing.

After grueling, non-stop days of biking over mountains, crawling through caves and kayaking down rivers, the racers in the 2000 Eco-Challenge in Borneo thought their struggle against Mother Nature ended at the finish line. For many it didn't. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that at least 25% of the participants from that race developed a severe disease, leptospirosis, after returning home, highlighting yet another risk in the increasingly popular sport of adventure racing. They report their results at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


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