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Flu outbreak could affect UK-UF

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

Sounds far-fetched, I know. UK and Florida officials now are worried about the potential of flu outbreaks on both sides, which could have an affect on Saturday's matchup.

Sounds far-fetched, I know.  UK and Florida officials now are worried about the potential of flu outbreaks on both sides, which could have an affect on Saturday's matchup.

UK defensive end Antwane Glenn was sent home with flu-like symptoms.  Coach Rich Brooks on Sunday said Glenn would be isolated from the rest of the Wildcats.

The most obvious concern is whether Glenn has the H1N1 virus (swine flu).  Brooks said it wasn't yet known what Glenn is suffering from, but the coach wanted to take precautions by moving Glenn away from the team.

Florida also is dealing with illness within the ranks.  Coach Urban Meyer is worried three of his more talented players are suffering from flu.

 

"It is a panic level of proportions I’ve never seen before," Meyer said. "That's coming from me. You hear about, I think, Wisconsin had 40 players. Ole Miss had 20 players. My wife, with her great insight, said, 'Do you realize the swine flu and everything is hitting the Florida campus last week.' My gosh."

Specifically, running back Jeff Demps, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham are all sick, having played against Tennessee on Saturday under the weather.  Demps gained 31 yards on four carries, while playing with a 101-degree fever.

Already this season, Tulane, North Carolina, Washington State, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and Georgia have dealt with players stricken with flu-like symptoms.  Stillman College, a Div. II school, canceled its season opener because 37 players had flu-like symptoms.

 

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