02 Jul French Mud Run Makes Thousands Sick
I’ve never heard of mass illness caused by races in the land of the free, home of the brave. Here in America, our mud run participants actually compete in mud.
Nearly 1,000 out of the 8,400 mud run participants reported symptoms of acute gastroenteritis, including diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.
France held a Mud Day race at Nice’s Côte d’Azur on June 20, 2015. However, the day after the race, thirty participants reported feeling ill.
The number increased to nearly 1,000 participants in the following days.
The regional health agency explained the symptoms were caused by a norovirus. Which is highly infectious disease caused by eating contaminated foods.
Yet, the participants who were diagnosed did not ingest anything at the race.
Many of the racers claimed that sections of the race smelled like horse manure.
It is likely that those who fell ill may have accidentally ingested the mud that was contaminated with “road apples.”
As we approach the Fourth of July I’d lake to thank my fellow Americans for having the wherewithal to not ingest animal droppings during races and otherwise.
France may have been around a long time, but they’ve still got a thing or two they could learn from America.