Bornholm disease

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Because early cases were recorded on the island of Bornholm.


Bornholm disease (uncountable)

  1. (medicine) An infectious viral disease characterised by fever and chest pain.
    • 2011, Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms, Penguin 2012, p. 88:
      In medical circles, the name of Bornholm is linked incongruously to a viral infection called epidemic pleurodynia, otherwise known as the ‘Devil's Grip’, the ‘Grasp of the Phantom’ or, more prosaically, Bornholm disease.