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Dengue hit Irons' surfing tour
November 3rd, 2010
03:58 PM ET

Dengue hit Irons' surfing tour

At least five people at the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour contracted dengue fever, including surf legend Andy Irons, who died Tuesday, The Australian reports.

Irons' death is being investigated as a possible overdose of methadone, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports. His family told the paper in Puerto Rico, where the first round of the tour was, that he was suffering dengue fever. Here's a tribute from The Outside Blog.

The illness, whose symptoms include high fever, severe headache, and pain in joints, bones and muscles, prevented Irons from fully participating in a surfing contest in Puerto Rico, CNN affiliate KTLA reports.

Australian surfer Owen Wright to the Australian that Chris Davidson, Travis Logie and Kelly Slater’s girlfriend Kalani Miller had all gotten dengue also.

Dengue fever is also known as "breakbone" fever because it is so painful. Mosquitoes transmit the disease and often victims do not realize they have been infected. It is not contagious.

The disease can be serious, however. It can cause dengue hemorrhagic fever, which may lead to internal bleeding and even death. The condition kills 25,000 people every year.

In the 1960s, the pesticide DDT was used to get rid of the carrier mosquitoes in the Western hemisphere. But after that effort stopped, the condition rebounded, and the U.S. has had some small scattered outbreaks in the past 30 years, the CDC says.

In July, a study found dengue in the Florida keys; Florida hadn't had an outbreak since 1934.


soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Adam S

    This article is horrible. Terribly written and poorly researched. This is no testament to the surfer we lost.

    November 3, 2010 at 16:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Improve Concentration

      I agree – a truly legendary competitor in the sport – and nothing

      November 3, 2010 at 19:58 | Report abuse |
  2. andy

    what about Andy? If i wanted to learn about dengue fever i would look that up

    November 3, 2010 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. sugardaisy

    I agree Adam! Very poorly written, the author can barely put together a legible sentence. Poor Andy either died from the disease or from trying to relieve his pain with the methadone.

    November 3, 2010 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. unpaid proofreader

    Horrible "journalism". This is a fine example of unreadable pseudo-journalism. It is filled with impossible grammar and clearly has not been researched or proofread. WTF CNN!

    From the cryptic headline "Dengue hit Irons' surfing tour" to the last line "In July, a study found dengue in the Florida keys; Florida hadn't had an outbreak since 1934." this article is a complete failure.

    "Australian surfer Owen Wright to the Australian that Chris Davidson, Travis Logie and Kelly Slater’s girlfriend Kalani Miller had all gotten dengue also." ??? Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. ??? This makes no sense.

    Embarassing.

    Andy Irons deserves better than this non-effort.

    November 3, 2010 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kevin

    That's CNN for u...

    November 3, 2010 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. canel

    R.I.P. ANDY U WILL BE WITH US FOREVER MAN.... GREAT SURFER GREAT MAN ... EVERYTHING START WITH A LEFT RIGHT LEFT ....

    November 3, 2010 at 17:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sandrine

    Wow, CNN – I can (and have) gotten better, more well researched journalism from the local Hawaiian newspaper as well as many blogs.

    November 3, 2010 at 18:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Veggiehead

    A Dengue fever outbreak win an event with world coverage! Not good for Puerto Rico tourism. Pack your industrial-strength mosquito repellent when visiting tropical climes.

    November 3, 2010 at 18:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sashakidd

      Another news agency reported that he contracted the disease in Portugal.

      November 3, 2010 at 18:19 | Report abuse |
    • Improve Concentration

      Puerto Rico – was it really here?!

      November 3, 2010 at 19:59 | Report abuse |
  9. nikko

    check out this link, it's a great testament to the surfer, Andy

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/hawaii/detail?entry_id=76135

    November 3, 2010 at 20:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kate

      @Nikko – thanks for the link

      November 22, 2010 at 12:13 | Report abuse |
  10. oh my

    i'd say this is written on a 9th-grade level, but that would be insulting to most 9th-graders.

    November 4, 2010 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Have you thought of adding some videos to your posts to keep the visitors more entertained? I just read through the entire article and it was quite good…thanks for the share

    November 5, 2010 at 07:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Guy Smith

    BRING BACK D.D.T. Young people are dying needless preventable deaths. BRING BACK D.D.T.

    November 16, 2010 at 17:22 | Report abuse | Reply
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