Report: Padres' Bell recovering at home

Published Dec. 15, 2010 12:00 a.m. EST

San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell was recovering at home Wednesday after being diagnosed with typhoid fever last week, reported.

Bell reportedly contracted the illness during a romantic vacation on the Fijian island of Tavarua with his wife of 10 years.

The two-time All-Star left Tavarua with his wife, Nicole, on their way to Maui where the couple planned to renew their wedding vows.

But not everything went as planned when the 33-year-old right-hander began feeling extremely ill.


"When we got to Hawaii, I had body aches, I was like, 'Man, what do I have?' I usually don't get sick," Bell said. "The next two nights, I couldn't stop sweating. [Nicole] finally made me go to the ER on Thursday.”

Doctors were unable to diagnose Bell's condition upon initial examination, but results from blood work revealed Friday that the bacteria had entered his bloodstream.

Bell spent the next three days in the hospital after doctors placed an urgent call to his hotel. He and Nicole had just completed their planned ceremony when hotel security tracked them down, according to the report.

"It's something I ate in Tavarua," Bell said Wednesday. "It gets in your stomach and you usually flush it out. For whatever reason, my body didn't flush it out."

Typhoid fever is the result of a bacterial infection that enters the bloodstream. It is typically contracted by ingesting contaminated food or water and can be fatal if not treated.

It is still common in many developing countries around the world and affects approximately 21.5 million persons each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's online source.

Bell and his wife have four children.

He led the National League with 42 saves in 2009 and finished second in 2010 with a career-high 47 saves.