It all started with a stupid test of courage: The Australian ate a geckos. But a few days later he endured excruciating pain – a tragedy ensued.
David Dowell was a boy from nature, he loved fishing and trips with his Bull. But the life-hungry man was only 34 – because of a courage test that cost him his life. It happened at a Christmas party in Brisbane, Australia. Dowell ate geckos – with unimaginable consequences.
Dowell eats geckos: doctors can't save him
It is not known exactly how courage was tested at all. But it ended with a small gecko and the man had to lose his life, as reported by British news portal Mirror. A few days after the action, Dowell felt something was wrong. He was finally treated for excruciating pain at the hospital. The diagnosis was quickly made: the 34-year-old was suffering from a salmonella infection.
Such bacterial infection is often well treated. But Dowell contracted a pathogen that curtailed vital functions and caused his lungs to fill with water leaking from his stomach. The doctors could no longer save him, He died ten days after the aforementioned Christmas party, which stifled his partner Allira Bricknell. "He was a great person. He was the best person I have ever met. He was the best father for our children," the Mirror quoted.
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Salmonella infection can cause typhoid fever
When doctors went in to investigate the cause and asked Dowell family members about the deadly infectious disease, his partner Allira Bricknell recalled a gecko test of courage. Food from geckos could have triggered Salmonella infection according to doctors.
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In the process, bacteria, the so-called salmonella, invade the body via contaminated food and trigger various diseases, according to Techniker Krankenkasse. The worst possible disease is typhoid, which causes 200,000 deaths each year worldwide, Above all, people living in countries with poor hygiene standards are at risk.
In Germany there are usually quite harmless salmonella infections. The salmonella species distributed in this country in most cases have a gastrointestinal infection, a so-called gastroenteritis, The result. Symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and fever all speak of this condition, which can be treated well.
The following foods are considered potential carriers of Salmonella:
Egg products like mayonnaise
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