Health authorities in California are looking into several mysterious ailments reported among competitors in a recent obstacle course and run competition called Tough Mudder.
The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (SDHS) has released an advisory after numerous attendees of the event at the Sonoma Raceway, which was held on August 19 and 20, and is located 30 miles north of San Francisco, reported experiencing symptoms such as rashes, fever, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting.
In a piece of health advice released on Wednesday, the SDHS reported that the Tough Mudder competition required competitors to be exposed to mud, resulting in significant skin contact.
Numerous afflicted people reported various symptoms, including headaches, myalgias (muscle soreness), fever, and pustular rashes.
According to the SDHS, the symptoms might be related to ‘Swimmer’s Itch,’ also known as cercarial dermatitis, which is caused by an allergic response to tiny parasites.
Typical hosts of these parasites include several types of mammals and birds.
Their eggs may infect some aquatic snails, producing minute larvae that can burrow into human skin and cause rashes if the eggs make their way into water and hatch.
However, health experts are worried about the potential for staph infections or a more serious bacterial illness brought on by Aeromonas hydrophila.
The staphylococcus bacteria that cause staph infections often result in mild skin issues.
However, conditions may become more deadly if the bacterium enters the circulation and travels to the heart, lungs, or bones.
Aeromonas Hydrophila Outbreak Raises Concerns After Tough Mudder Race
Even though it is uncommon, Aeromonas hydrophila usually grows in freshwater or sewage.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, it has been linked to side effects such as sepsis, meningitis, renal disease, diarrhea, and hemolytic uremic syndrome, which damages the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys and may result in kidney failure.
The SDHS health advice strongly urges getting medical assistance if you took part in the Tough Mudder race and have symptoms like fever and rashes.
Individuals are advised to attend a nearby emergency room and bring an alert if medical professionals are not accessible.
These symptoms take anywhere from 12 to 48 hours to incubate.
While health officials look into the incident, the SDHS must still reply to ABC News’ query.
The Tough Mudder event’s organizers have declined to comment on the reported ailments.
Many attendees have described the sight of pimply red blister-like markings on their skin in their accounts of the event.
As the inquiry goes on, health authorities seek to identify the diseases’ underlying causes to protect attendees at such events in the future.
Meanwhile, people impacted are recommended to get help immediately if they exhibit any unsettling symptoms.
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Source: ABC News