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New Zealand National Ski Champion Dies After Contracting Dengue Fever In Mexico

Credit: Philippa Greig/Facebook
This past week, August 17, a former member of the New Zealand ski team, Philippa "Pip" Greig, 36, died while housesitting in a small village near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Greig suddenly fell ill during her stay in Mexico. It was her father, Rob Greig, who has confirmed that she was housesitting for a friend, according to a report from the Otago Daily Times.

Mr. Greig has said that it is believed that she was sick for four or five days when neighbors insisted that she seek out medical help, which was a 40-minute boat ride away to the base hospital in Puerto Vallarta. Mr. Greig said that is where she died late Saturday.

Dengue (pronounced DENgee) fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever. An estimated 400 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. - From WebMD.com

Pip was the winner of the open women’s title at the 2004 New Zealand Free Ski Nationals in the Skier X discipline, during her time as a member of the New Zealand ski team.

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