Aussie pro triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt has been hospitalized in San Diego with a suspected case of Tuberculosis. The diagnosis and illness may jeopardizes his training and even his chance to race at the London 2012 Olympics.
Kahlefeldt was hospitalized after finishing 24th at the ITU race in San Diego on Sunday after complaining of chest pain.
The New York Times is reporting that:
"Kahlefeldt, 31, fell ill while competing in the world championship series race at Mission Beach on Sunday when he experienced chest pains. He finished the race, placing 24th. He mentioned his chest pains to Triathlon Australia officials after the race, and was taken to the hospital.
The X-rays revealed a shadow on his left lung. He is in isolation, according to Triathlon Australia, as a precaution in case additional tests scheduled for Monday confirm the working diagnosis."
“The Triathlon Australia team doctor spoke to Brad and the doctor at the hospital in San Diego and he will hopefully have some answers within the next 24 hours,” Michael Flynn, Triathlon Australia’s high performance manager, told The Australian newspaper."
"Tuberculosis is a sometimes-fatal bacterial infection, marked by symptoms of breathing issues, chest pain and weight loss. It is treatable through a combination of antibiotics," the New York Times goes on to report.