If the bulls don’t get you, a mosquito might, as Spanish bullfighter Jose Maria Manzanares has discovered to his cost.
After surviving 57 bullfights this season with the usual share of gorings, tramplings and tossings, Manzanares dropped out early suffering from Dengue fever.
Manzanares, 25, likely contracted the tropical virus transmitted by mosquito bite during a Latin America tour involving appearances in Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, doctors say.
Manzanares had been fainting and generally feeling unwell for months, but doctors could not decide what was wrong with him until detailed tests showed he was suffering from one of the milder forms of Dengue.
“A person who contracts Dengue fever is likely to get other infections because their immune system is very depressed,” Dr. Jose Calabuig, treating Manzanares, told bullfighting portal www.mundotoro.com.
Doctors have prescribed rest and warned Manzanares not to visit Latin America during the coming European winter as a second bout of the virus could be worse.
The more serious forms of Dengue kill hundreds of people every year, especially in Asia.