Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rory McIlroy Dealing With Loss of US Open Trophy AND Dengue Fever

Earlier in the week, I blogged about Rory McIlroy was having difficulties with Chinese officials holding onto his US Open trophy.

Now news is spreading that McIlroy is suffering from Dengue Fever, and that is has been affecting his play over the last month.

McIlroy supposedly was infected with Dengue Fever while he was playing in golf tournaments in southeastern Asia in November.

What Is Dengue Fever?

Dengue Fever is a virus transmitted by certain types of mosquito.  There's no known effective prevention for it, and every year it's estimated over 50 million people are infected.  Found in the southern hemisphere in warm climates, it kills millions each year as well.

Like most viruses, most people are asymptomatic if they contract it.  However, for those that do get sick, their illness can involve a high fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a rash.

McIlroy is suffering from exhaustion and apparently a low white blood cell count.  The best thing he can do right now is simply get rest and allow his body to fight off the virus.  Consequently, he's pulled out of the Thailand Open.

Best of luck to Rory in getting back his trophy as well as getting over this virus.

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