After days of speculation and suspicion on the condition of the 28-year-old Peruvian striker since being hospitalized last Saturday, it is now confirmed that Paolo Guerrero has been diagnosed with dengue fever.


The Hospital São Luiz, Morumbi Unit, announced Tuesday that the Corinthians striker is doing well and had confirmed the diagnosis of dengue.

According to Ivan Records, the Corinthians team doctor (computer translated), “Clinically it is already dealing as a dengue case. The deadline is 15 days for him to recover and return to training. From there, it will start the physical recovery work. The evolution will depend on the player himself. ” In other words, Guerrero will be sidelined for about two weeks.

Sao Paulo is in the midst of a dengue epidemic, with the number of cases up from last year.

According to the World Health Organization, dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. It is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults withsymptomsappearing 3-14 days after the infective bite. As many as 400 million people areinfectedyearly.

Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-to-person and symptoms range from mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There is no vaccine or any specific medicine to treat dengue. People who have dengue fever should rest, drink plenty of fluids and reduce the fever using paracetamol or see a doctor.

Severe dengue (also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever) is characterized by fever, abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, bleeding and breathing difficulty and is a potentially lethal complication, affecting mainly children. Early clinical diagnosis and careful clinical management by trained physicians and nurses increase survival of patients.

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