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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:56 PM

Dengue fever forces 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan to miss pageant

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Roger Holsinger

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan got an unexpected surprise as the New Year began dengue fever.

On Wednesday Scanlan said her throat was hurting to the point she was staying away from the phone but was available to be interviewed via email.

Because of the possible effects of the mosquito-carried virus, she said, she is not going to be able to attend and participate in the 2013 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas this week. A new Miss America will be crowned Saturday at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Resort.

I was planning on attending the pageant, as I was to help with hosting Tuesday night and was going to serve as a special correspondent with the TMG Pageant Network, she said, adding that she was also going to have a booth at the trade show.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:09 PM

1. Dengue



Transmission


The mosquito Aedes aegypti feeding on a human host
Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, particularly A. aegypti. These mosquitoes usually live between the latitudes of 35 North and 35 South below an elevation of 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). They typically bite during the day, particularly in the early morning and in the evening. Other Aedes species that transmit the disease include A. albopictus, A. polynesiensis and A. scutellaris. Humans are the primary host of the virus, but it also circulates in nonhuman primates. An infection can be acquired via a single bite. A female mosquito that takes a blood meal from a person infected with dengue fever becomes itself infected with the virus in the cells lining its gut. About 810 days later, the virus spreads to other tissues including the mosquito's salivary glands and is subsequently released into its saliva. The virus seems to have no detrimental effect on the mosquito, which remains infected for life. Aedes aegypti prefers to lay its eggs in artificial water containers, to live in close proximity to humans, and to feed on people rather than other vertebrates.
Dengue can also be transmitted via infected blood products and through organ donation. In countries such as Singapore, where dengue is endemic, the risk is estimated to be between 1.6 and 6 per 10,000 transfusions. Vertical transmission (from mother to child) during pregnancy or at birth has been reported. Other person-to-person modes of transmission have also been reported, but are very unusual. The genetic variation in dengue viruses is region specific, suggestive that establishment into new territories is relatively infrequent, despite dengue emerging in new regions in recent decades.


Dengue distribution in 2006

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue_fever

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:20 AM

4. I have had it. It was merciless. Didn't think I was going to live thru it.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:41 AM

7. Folks erroneously think it is a foreign illness not likely to occur

and discount the risks, especially related to transplants and blood products. I am so sorry you had to go through it but I am glad you are here. Please continue to take care of yourself so I can keep reading your posts.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:05 AM

8. I had it in SE Asia where it is much more virulent.


Thanks for your kind words but my life is much more sedate from the island hoping days of my youth.

In a sense it is a foreign illness because where it is endemic the local population gets it from mosquitos at an early age and get a very mild fever. In fact the local population in Thailand is completely unaware of it and just watch in amazement as a foreigner comes down with it as an adult and goes thru what is also called "break bone fever".

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:11 AM

9. Littlemissmartypants!

That is a superb report on Dengue Fever! Thank you so much! Yeah, I agree with someone else downthread. I don't think our Miss America candidate has it or she wouldn't be able to sit up and type on the keyboard. She would be in the hospital in ICU & isolated. I'd be finding out for sure if I had it, and if she doesn't, I'd sue the Dr who first diagnosed her with it!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:31 PM

2. Welcome to Climate Change.

 

Ticks in Canada?
Brown Recluse Spiders as far north as Nebraska?
Record high temperatures in the Aussie outback?
Global Warming?
Nah,it is all a hoax perpetrated by George Soros.
George has those fancy glass cases full of noxious pests which he opens up over parts of north America from the back of his specially modified C-5A Galaxy all the while singing Edelweiss.

Oh and for any idiots stubbing their fingers to flame me:

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Response to Rain Mcloud (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:24 AM

5. Every year the habitat hospitable for the mosquito responsible for dengue moves closer to Europe



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236323/Killer-Dengue-fever-outbreak-reaches-Britain-holidaymakers-spread-Europe.html

Experts have warned that Europe faces a sustained outbreak of dengue fever the worst in almost 100 years.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said yesterday that the continent is experiencing its first sustained transmission of dengue fever, which is carried by mosquitoes, since the 1920s.

Six Britons have been confirmed as suffering from the disease after contracting it on the holiday island of Madeira.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236323/Killer-Dengue-fever-outbreak-reaches-Britain-holidaymakers-spread-Europe.html#ixzz2HdpxND4e
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:55 PM

3. I'm never ever again second guess my decision to post something to LBN. By default from here on

in...if it is worthy of my effort to 'put it up'...it is going in LBN.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:26 AM

6. Reading her description I seriously doubt she has Denque.


Much more likely that she has the current flu going around.

If she had Dengue she would know it and wouldn't simply have a little fever.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:35 AM

10. Agreed. It's called 'breakbone fever' for a reason, and I doubt she'd be e-mailing people

while suffering the very severe effects of this disease.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:53 AM

11. that seems right to me

My father had dengue fever. He got in in WWII as he was stationed in the tropics. He had a severe case and he was hung in a cot upside down as the pain was so severe. They had rooms of infected men in the Marine Corps at that time and they were all there with him in the room, lying upside down on a cots. He said it damn near killed him, that much I remember.

It sounded like sheer hell to me and I've never heard of anyone having this in the USA. It is a tropical disease and not common anywhere but in the tropics from what I know

The map posted shows this.

Who knows what the reality of this is?

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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:16 PM

12. She had visited Haiti. I also had it in 1978.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:51 PM

13. Beauty pageants should be outlawed.

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