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Old 11-05-2010, 05:51 PM
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For the surfers on the site..Any Irons was a legend on the surfboard. We all share the ocean with each other. Allways sad when we loose somebody in such sports who have many fans.

http://surf.transworld.net/100011857...al-paddle-out/



The 32-year-old was found by a hotel employee around 10:00 11/2/10

According to reports, Irons had planned to travel back to his home in Hawaii -- but fell ill and that's why he booked his room in Dallas.

The local medical examiner tells us an official cause of death has not been determined.

The Irons family has released a statement saying, "Andy had reportedly been battling with dengue fever, a viral disease."

We have to watch those pesky mosquitoes, as this is what carried his deadly disease.

Truly a sad story.

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Very sad..I wore blue today.
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Thought I heard there was no trace of Dengue Fever, but there were pain killers and Ambien found in his hotel room. Maybe accidental OD?
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Thought I heard there was no trace of Dengue Fever, but there were pain killers and Ambien found in his hotel room. Maybe accidental OD?
Link? Or you just heard something?
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Dengue Fever - It is one of the most agressive re-emerging disease in the world. It was virtually removed from the world in the 1950's but is making a very strong comeback since the 1970's. The case incidence is exponentially increasing.

Ironically, and what you never hear about are the epidemic number of Dengue Fever cases taking place RIGHT NOW in Key West, FL. At my last check, there were almost 70 human cases in KW this year alone. It has been highly under-reported .... mostly to protect the tourism industry.
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Originally Posted by GT FISH View Post
Link? Or you just heard something?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...06/?cmpid=rss1

Xanax & Ambien according to this report.
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As of right now, we are up to 56 or 57 confirmed cases with a few on the suspect list. Last year we had 20-something confirmed cases. I would argue that it hasn't been under-reported. Our local media has been all over it, but since we aren't a "major" city, not much happens outside of our little island. AP news did jump all over the news as soon as there was a suspected case in the Miami area, but there wasn't much after that. Do an internet search and you'll see the numerous articles written about the Key West epidemic. The CDC issues regular updates. The info is out there, we are trying, but with only 27,000 full time residents, I guess we aren't "important" enough for major headlines.
And yes, this year is one of the worst in history worldwide for Dengue. Puerto Rico, for example, is showing incredible history making numbers for the disease. Areas in India, as well, are exploding with Dengue.

Bottom line, dengue fever is no laughing matter. There are 4 strains of dengue that one can get. Fortunately, only one (the mildest form) has been found in Key West.

--- disclaimer -- I work for FL Keys Mosquito Control and have been on the front lines of trying to battle this growing problem.
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Coores -

You are 100% correct ....... but you highlight Puerto Rico as "history making numbers for the disease". You do realize that the case incidence of Dengue in KW is higher than PR (as reported number of case per capita).

My point is this: while KW and the Florida Keys MCD has been battling Dengue for the past 2 years, what help or recognization have you had from the FL Dept of Public Health? Have they declared KW to be epidemic in KW? Issued travel advisories? The severity of Dengue Fever in KW is being swept under the carpet by all agencies ad media outlet with the exception of the Florida Keys MCD ..... your program is the other Federal, State or local governmental agency that is taking Dengue seriously in KW.
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i hear ya. i do understand that our per capita case count is quite high. unfortunately, not many others get that. 56 cases sounds measly compared with over 1,000 in Puerto Rico. sadly, it seems most people don't consider the actual overall population when looking at those numbers.
and yes, i (and most others) have been frustrated with the overall lack of recognition from the media and health departments. Nationally, yes, i think we are under-reported. Locally, no.
We have had some assistance from the DOH and/or the CDC, especially last year when we went door to door with them and conducted a random blood sample survey. And the Monroe County DOH has issued "health advisories" for Key West. But again, the scope of these actions is probably rather short reaching. I think we all would like to see a little bit more communication between FKMCD and the DOH.
Nevertheless, we will continue our daily battle against dengue. While nearly impossible to completely eradicate, we can do (and are doing) a good job of controlling the spread.
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Rip
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Some great little short films.

Andy Irons I surf because http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uwtqRBE4Kk

A tribute from a friend http://www.vimeo.com/16489930

Paddle out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtz1RmoBCUM

See ya andy. Charge the big blue barrels in the sky.
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Originally Posted by Monsoon View Post
Some great little short films.

Andy Irons I surf because http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uwtqRBE4Kk

A tribute from a friend http://www.vimeo.com/16489930

Paddle out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtz1RmoBCUM

See ya andy. Charge the big blue barrels in the sky.
Sweet links man, All excellent videos showing the pure love he showed for the sport. One of the best sports invented, just flowing natures most powerful, deadly beauty!
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one helluva surfer...RIP
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I saw a surf show - forget the name - profiling Andy and his family. He was a true kind spirit and had great bonds with his family. I am sad for them. This is a big loss for everyone - fans, friends, family.
Andy Irons - Hard Charger.

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