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Bornholm disease or pleurodynia is a disease caused by the Coxsackie virus. It is named after the Danish island Bornholm where the first documented cases occurred.
Additional recommended knowledge
It is also known as the devil's grip, devil's grippe, epidemic myalgia, epidemic pleurodynia or The Grasp of the Phantom.
The virus that causes devils grip is picornavirus. It is spread by contact and epidemics usually occur during warm weather in temperate regions and at any time in the tropics. It can also be spread through saliva and feces.
The illness lasts about a week and is rarely fatal. Treatment includes the administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents or the application of heat to the affected muscles.
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