Mark is the Leader for Team Honduras, and a dear friend of ours. Mark has spent this last week at home very ill. Mark’s doctor believes he has Dengue. While Mark’s test results are not back from the CDC his doctor is “99%” sure it is Dengue.
Dengue is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. It’s symptoms are high fever, severe headache, backache, joint pains, nausea and vomiting, eye pain, and rash. There is no treatment for Dengue. While Dengue is seldom fatal (less then 1%) the biggest concern is that once you have had Dengue you are now at a higher risk of contracting Dengue hemorrhagic fever, which is far more serious and potentially lethal.
One tends to catch Dengue in Central and South America, Africa and South Asia. Mark has spent the past seven years traveling extensively in those regions with MTW, and his future work will require him to spend more time in those areas. With an incubation period of 3 to 14 days it is likely that Mark contracted Dengue when he was in Mexico with Mike and Sean attending a Missions Conference.
As Mark is recovering we ask that you pray for his current and future health, his family, and the doctors that treat him. Mark embraces God’s sovereignty and is excited to continue serving Him.