Summer on the highveld or winter in the Cape, there’s a chance that you could be caught in a downpour during a race. One quick rainstorm is hardly a worry; hours or days of continual rain can wear you down mentally.
From experience, I have learned a lot about delicate anatomy, the human mind and other soft bits. And so, I feel compelled to share this with you because my psychiatrist said, as he was leaving from the 6th floor window, that he shouldn’t have had to be burdened with it all by himself.
At the 1995 Raid Gauloises (held in Sarawak, Borneo), the 1998 Eco Challenge Borneo (held in Sabah) and Borneo-based Outdoor Quest races, competitors contracted leptospirosis. As with malaria, the degree of infection and the severity of symptoms do vary from person to person.
Tick bite fever is an infection caused by bacteria from the Rickettsial family, transmitted by infected ticks to humans in their saliva when they bite. The bacteria can also infect through small skin abrasions when the tick is crushed on your skin.
Malaria is a serious disease, transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. The Plasmodium parasite, in the saliva of the mosquito, infects red blood cells, causing them to burst (lyse), spilling their contents.