California well being officers have issued an advisory after a number of individuals who participated in a Robust Mudder race final weekend obtained sick.
Almost two dozen individuals who ran within the Robust Mudder problem at Sonoma Raceway on August 19 and 20 developed rashes with fever and reported muscle ache or nausea and vomiting, in accordance with the Sonoma County Division of Health Companies.
“The Robust Mudder race concerned intensive pores and skin publicity to mud. Most affected individuals have pustular rash, fever, myalgias, and headache,” well being officers stated. “These signs may very well be indicative of a minor sickness known as Swimmers’ Itch, however they’ll additionally point out a Staph an infection or different extra critical bacterial an infection equivalent to Aeromonas.”
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Sonoma County well being officers issued an advisory about a number of circumstances of potential infections following a Robust Mudder competitors at Sonoma Raceway final weekend. (Courtesy of KTVU)
Athletes who competed within the race crawled by way of mud and water and climbed over and below obstacles like a barbed wire fence. A number of contestants posted about their situation after the race on social media, complaining of a purple rash with pus, fever and physique aches.
“Wherever on my physique that touched the bottom had purple spots,” participant Chris Palakos informed native FOX affiliate KTVU.
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Athletes shared photographs on social media of indignant purple rashes they developed after the Robust Mudders problem on August 19 and 20. (Courtesy of KTVU)
Robust Mudder individuals shared footage of their rashes with KTVU. The pictures present their legs and arms coated in infectious sores.
No less than 22 individuals contacted the Sonoma County well being division to report rashes, interim well being officer Dr. Karen Smith stated. Officers consider individuals doubtless contracted a bacterial an infection known as aeromonas, which is a bacterium that lives in water and is contracted by way of open wounds. It’s not contagious.
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“The Robust Mudder race concerned intensive pores and skin publicity to mud. Most affected individuals have pustular rash, fever, myalgias, and headache. These signs may very well be indicative of a minor sickness known as Swimmers’ Itch, however they’ll additionally point out a Staph an infection or different extra critical bacterial an infection equivalent to Aeromonas,” well being officers warned. (Courtesy of KTVU)
“We wish to make sure to let individuals know . . . for those who attended this occasion, and you’ve got a rash, fever, aches, we would like you to go see your physician,” she informed KTVU.
Smith stated that one one that noticed an infectious illness specialist examined optimistic for aeromonas micro organism. The an infection is usually misdiagnosed as a staph an infection or swimmer’s itch — a pores and skin rash brought on by an allergic response to sure microscopic parasites that infect some birds and animals, in accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
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“We wish docs to have the best info, in order that they know which issues to think about, staph being one in every of them,” Smith informed KTVU. “However what we don’t wish to occur, as a result of it appears to be like like staph, we don’t need them to simply deal with for staph and discover out it’s one thing else.”
Sonoma County well being officers inspired anybody who participated within the race and later developed a rash to see a physician or, if they don’t have a medical supplier, to contact their native emergency division.