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Bornholm disease

Bornholm disease (also known as the devil's grip, epidemic myalgia, or epidemic pleurodynia) is a disease caused by the Coxsackie virus. It is named after the Danish island Bornholm where the first documented cases occurred.

It is spread by contact and epidemics usually occur during warm weather in temperate regions and at any time in the tropics. Symptoms include:

  • fever;
  • headache;
  • attacks of severe pain in the lower chest.

The illness lasts about a week and is rarely fatal. There is no specific treatment.

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