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Outbreak of campylobacteriosis among soccer players

, : Outbreak of campylobacteriosis among soccer players. Tidsskrift for den Norske Laegeforening 122(30): 2850-2852

Last year Rosenborg Ballklub won the Norwegian Premier League Championship in a nerve-racking match against Lillestrøm Sportsklubb. Lillestrøm ended the season in 2nd place. The results may possibly have been caused by the cancellation of a match scheduled between Lillestrøm and Odd Grenland. This article describes the problem and consequences that can occur when 14 players on a Premier League team contract diarrhoea and present with vomiting either before or during a football match. With Campylobacter infection jejuni amply documented, the Norwegian Football Union found it necessary to cancel the match between the two Premier League teams, a decision that led to heated discussion in the media. A common opinion was that an intestinal infection, even one that affected so many players, was insufficient reason to cancel a match. It is always difficult to foresee the consequences of continued physical activity by those infected with intestinal bacteria. It is difficult to know at what point the footballer's health may be a risk either during or after infection.


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