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'Naked & Afraid' Star

Catches Dengue Fever in Panama Jungle

Nearly Bleeds to Death

12/7/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A female survival expert who appeared on "Naked & Afraid" is currently recovering from DENGUE FEVER -- and nearly died -- after contracting the virus in a Panama jungle, TMZ has learned.

45-year-old Manu Toigo was bit by a mosquito back in September, while filming her episode (which airs this weekend on the Discovery Channel).

At first, Manu says she didn't think twice about the bug bite ... until she arrived back in L.A. days later and began to experience a severe headache between the eyes. The headache progressed to a fever, then nosebleeds and gum bleeding, then she couldn't even stand up.

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Doctors initially told Manu she was anemic, but things only got worse -- and she was forced to go back to the hospital, where they finally diagnosed her with dengue hemorrhagic fever ... the worst form of dengue fever.

FYI, Dengue fever becomes "hemorrhagic" when the virus damages blood vessels to the point they hemmorhage internally. And the worst part -- there's no cure.

Manu says she got to the hospital just in time, and doctors kept a close eye on her -- pumping her with fluids and plasma -- so she was able to make a decent recovery. Manu spent a total of 2 weeks in the hospital and is now in physical therapy, trying to get back on her feet. She says she's still in agonizing pain all over her body.

But if you're wondering if she regrets going on the show ... Manu says, "Hell no ... most epic experience I could ever have done."

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kitten roulaine    

This was woman is not smart at all, by virtue of being a woman all in itself, running around the jungle butt naked was not smart...not being infected in another place that must release, should have been her first concern.

317 days ago
17.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

317 days ago
18.

Bobo Frog    

The good news is, she lost tons of weight and now she looks fabulous!!! The Dengue diet, coming soon to America.

317 days ago
19.

PowRightInTheKisser    

Take it out back and shoot it.

317 days ago
20.

EastCoastChopper    

These shows are fake and this just proves it...Every single one from Discovery to Nat Geo...they all have the "crew tent" 20 feet out of the shot...with all the luxuries including espresso machines and smoked salmon.

Memo to N & A...

"Welcome to the Jungle"

317 days ago
21.

CicadaDiva    

Dumb a s s.

317 days ago
22.

Carl    

If you catch a weird tropical disease pray it affects you BEFORE you fly back home to the US (or Europe). Doctors here have no idea about tropical diseases and will misdiagnose you (like in this case) and often not believe you when you try to tell them what you think you have. Doctors in tropical countries see this stuff all the time and so you get proper treatment right away.

317 days ago
23.

Jeems    

that will happen when you run around the jungle rubbing your ****oris all over the place. Skank

317 days ago
24.

J    

NEWSFLASH: There is a ton of risk being dropped in a Panamanian jungle naked for days. "This is your PSA for the day"

317 days ago
25.

StevenB    

She didn't look any too healthy in the 'before' pic .

317 days ago
26.

maylene    

She is in jungle where there mosquito flyin around didn't the fool know to pit on insect repellant, she is very lucky to be alive cos in trinidad ppl r dyin from that

317 days ago
27.

Chris    

That show is the dumbest I have ever seen!!! They get 'nothing' for competing - wtf!!!

317 days ago
28.

lily    

I can see her already..."I won't go to panama again....booohoooo". Stupid woman. Why did you have to go to the JUNGLE!?!?! Panama has amazing cities beaches towns mountains rivers paradise. ?., but you had to go to the jungle...serves you right!

317 days ago
29.

Alixb22    

what a bunch of bull, my 92 year old grandmother had hemorragic dengue fever about a year ago and she survived just fine. All you need is plasma and thats it.

317 days ago
30.

Amber Lesesne    

OMG NOW ALL SHE HAS TO DO IS GET BIT HERE AND A SOMEONELSE GETS BIT AND A NEW CREATURE ERUPTS OMG

316 days ago
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