Posted by: rcieri | November 15, 2009

Flu sidelines 14 Elon football players

August 16, 2009

By Rachel Cieri and Pam Richter

According to Director of University Relations Dan Anderson, within the last two weeks, 14 Elon football players were confined to their rooms after reporting flu-like symptoms. As of Monday, all but one have returned to practice.

The remaining quarantined player is expected to return to practice Tuesday. The affected players were allowed to return to practice 24 hours after their fevers subsided, a measure recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The rest of the team members are having their temperatures taken before practice, and coaches are watchful of their conditions, Assistant Vice President for Student Life Jana Lynn Patterson said.

None of the affected players were confirmed to have the H1N1 flu virus. According to Patterson, the state has stopped testing blood samples for the virus. Two players were confirmed to have contracted a flu virus by quick tests at a local clinic.

Patterson said the players responded well to the antiviral medications prescribed to them. The physician treating the players recommended that they wear masks for a few days, a measure that goes further than what the CDC recommends.

While the ill players were isolated, they were brought take-out meals to prevent spreading illness to campus dining halls.

WXii 12, in Winston-Salem reported Sunday that six Elon football players were still in quarantine and more than a dozen were affected by the flu.

According to an unnamed source close to the football team, “everyone on the team is feeling better.”

The Times-News also reported that more than a dozen football players were quarantined at Duke University for flu-like symptoms.

Elon University recently sent a letter to all parents regarding the flu and preparations the school is taking to prevent an outbreak.

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