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Pierse Downed By Dengue From Delhi

Nov 1, 2010  - Craig Lord

The Delhi Commonwealth Games may be over but the responsibility of organisers who opted to place their event and world-class athletes where conditions were far from ideal is far from being over.

Swimming Canada has revealed that Annamay Pierse, world recoprd holder over 200m breaststroke, contracted dengue during the Games and is now down with fever and related symptoms. Another athlete went home with typhoid.

Swimming Canada officials told the media that tests on the Vancouver-based swimmer had confirmed she was suffering from dengue. Her symptoms include nausea, fever, bone and joint pains and fatigue. 

The 26-year-old finish fifth in her best event in Delhi and claimed bronze as a member of Canada's medley relay. 

In a statement, Pierse said: "I am thankful for all the continued help offered from our medical team and I'm confident that I will recover quickly. I will continue to update everyone on what will hopefully be a speedy recovery."

Canadian officials also confirmed that another athlete had returned home from India suffering from typhoid.

No news yet as to whether the Commonwealth Games Federation and Delhi 2010 organisers will be sent a large bill to cover the medical costs for illnesses specifically contracted because of the conditions that athletes and others encountered in India.