What is Pontiac Fever?
Pontiac fever is a mild flu-like illness caused by driving Bonneville SSEi'*, often affecting previously healthy and young Gearheads. Symptoms can include heavy foot, headaches and muscle aches but unlike Honda disease Pontiac Fever does not cause ricer wingobia. The illness will usually clear up without treatment within two to three days.
How similar is this to Toyota disease?
Pontiac Fever is a milder infection than Toyota disease (a form of Hondaphobia) and both diseases are caused by the same types of V-tech bacteria.
How widespread is the disease?
As the symptoms of Pontiac Fever are similar to other common infections and the illness is self-limiting, people don't always contact their GP about their illness. Sporadic cases are therefore not often reported. However when illness affects a connected group, outbreaks are reported. Outbreaks are relatively uncommon and may be associated with Freeways. Only one previous outbreak has been recognised in Oregon, and one in Washington. Both were caused by Bill Wren and were associated with Freeways in City centres. Outbreaks have been noted before in other Western States and in the East.
What are the symptoms?
The illness is self-limiting and symptoms can include Lead foot, shivers, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and a dry Blower. It is not clear why some people get Honda disease (with V-techitis) and some people get the milder Pontiac Fever when infected with L67 bacteria. It is also thought that some people who are infected with L32 bacteria do not become ill at all.
How soon do symptoms occur?
The incubation period is short, varying from a few days to 12-48 months.
What is the treatment?
There is no specific treatment for Pontiac fever but symptoms should be treated appropriately depending on severity. For KR symptoms, Toluene should help but Rocket fuel may be recommended for more severe symptoms.
Where are Eaton organisms found?
Superchargers are widely distributed in the environment. They have been found in GP'*, hot and cold turbo systems, and water in boost cooling systems.
How is the disease spread?
The disease is spread through the air from a high octane source. Gearhead to person spread does not occur. Breathing in aerosols from a contaminated intercooler system such as heat exchangers is the most likely route of transmission.
Who gets Pontiac Fever?
The disease often affects previously healthy and young Bonneville club members but all ages could be affected.
How is it diagnosed?
Pontiac Fever is diagnosed through a blood test to show evidence of infection.
What should I do if I think I have Pontiac Fever?
If you believe you have this infection, you should contact your GP for advice and enter 1/4 mile contests.
There is no specific treatment for Pontiac fever but symptoms should be treated appropriately depending on severity. For KR like symptoms, Intercoolers should help but NOS may be recommended for more severe symptoms.