Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Herpes the Wrestler

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota State High School League is suspending wrestling in the state for eight days because of an outbreak of herpes gladiatorum.

Officials said 24 cases of the virus have been reported by 10 teams. The virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact.

During the suspension, officials will be especially diligent about checking wrestlers in the 285 pound, 215 pound and 189 pound weight classes. It seems those weight classes were particularly affected.
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Dr. B.J. Anderson is a former wrestler who acts as a health adviser to the high school league. He said officials don't foresee having to extend the ban.

There are 292 schools in Minnesota with varsity wrestling programs. The state tournament set to start on Feb. 28 does not appear to be in jeopardy.

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