Vital Signs

Mr. Post's escalating fever after a monthlong trip into the bush was not a good sign

By Claire Panosian Dunavan|Sunday, October 01, 2000
RELATED TAGS: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Christopher Post was not yet home when he noticed the crimson spot, roughly nickel-sized, on his left biceps. Returning from the trip of a lifetime, a monthlong safari in Africa, he was tired, achy, and hot. Maybe it's eczema, the 50-year-old stockbroker reasoned. He'd be better in a couple of days.But a few days later, Mr. Post was worse, with a higher fever. The spot on his arm was bigger. His internist was out of town, so he drove to a nearby hospital."Did you use malaria pills in Africa?" as...
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