NBA: Stomach Virus Called Norovirus Affected 13 NBA Teams Including Dwight Howard Of Orlando Magic?

By on Apr 16, 2011 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments
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The United States health officials made a statement that the last fall’s outbreak of a stomach virus called Norovirus affected 21 NBA players on 13 teams, as reported by international news sites.

Norovirus is a highly contagious disease and is known for spreading on cruise ships.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials think that there may be two cases in which the virus may transfer from an infected team to a healthy team. They recommended that NBA players contaminated with the virus should not play or take part in team activities. The virus can spread through the air on the basketball court but researches said it more likely was spread by players socializing.

The federal researchers didn’t name the teams who had stomach bug but media reports said that four players from Orlando Magic were infected, including star center Dwight Howard.

The results of the said investigation were publicly disclosed for the first time during the CDC conference last Friday, April 15, 2011.

Below is a statement issued by Dr. Rishi Desai, one of the CDC investigators.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiated the investigation after reading media reports about player illnesses, and the NBA cooperated.
It’s not clear how the outbreak started, but the strain of norovirus was an unusual enough that investigators believe players got it from each other rather than from family members or others.
Norovirus can cause diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. It often spreads through contaminated food or water, but the virus can also move through dried vomit particles spread in the air.



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