Saturday, January 25, 2014

FIRST CASE OF CABIN FEVER REPORTED FOR 2014

MAN NEARLY FREEZES TO DEATH IN BACKYARD TRYING TO GET A SUNTAN. DOCTORS SUSPECT CABIN FEVER IS BEHIND HIS BEHAVIOR, SPARKING THE FEAR OF A NEW CABIN FEVER EPIDEMIC!  CITIZENS ARE ASKED TO REMAIN CALM.

BRIDGEPORT

Eddie Dunkerton of Bridgeport succumed to severe cabin fever
and decided to get a sun tan on Friday.  Luckily his wife found
him and called 911. 
A Bridgeport man is lucky to be alive this morning after his wife discovered him sun bathing yesterday in 2 degree weather.  Eddie Dunkerton, 48, a Bridgeport tap dance instructor, reportedly snapped yesterday after looking at a calendar and realizing it was only the 24th of January. His wife said the weather forecast came on the radio forecasting more cold weather just as he was staring at the calendar.  "He looked up at me with vacant eyes," she told CHANNEL 1 NEWS, "I thought he wanted to be alone so I left the room to take nap."

Doctors say Dunkerton snapped shortly after that,   stripped down, grabbed the suntan lotion, and ran out into his backyard.  Although this sort of action is a bit extreme, doctors at Bridgeport General say it is not unheard of, especially dealing with cabin fever.  "This could be an isolated case or the beginning of a cabin fever epidemic." Dr. Oma Godd wrote on a blackboard in the hospital break room and then told a colleague, "The good news about Mr. Dunkerton though, is he had the sense to use sun screen and did not burn."

Last year Bridgeport General Hospital treated 203 cases of cabin fever, forcing the opening of a special wing of hospital rooms with rubber walls.  Anyone is susceptible and some of the symptoms to watch out for are unnecessary idle whistling, kicking chairs or the wall, and putting objects in your ears. Anyone doing all three at the same time should be rushed to the ER.  If this is indeed the beginning of another cabin fever epidemic, Bridgeport General will be in consultation with Dr. Dwight Puntanger of the State Corrections Department who has extensive experience treating inmates with acute cabin fever.

CHANNEL 1 NEWS will keep you updated on this story as well as the Winter Olympics news, where Dave Taylor is embedded.

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