Mex­i­can soc­cer player pulled from Pan Am team af­ter catch­ing chickenpox

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - TORONTO

Mex­i­can soc­cer of­fi­cials say a player has been pulled from their women’s team at the Pan Am Games af­ter con­tract­ing chickenpox.

The Mex­i­can Football Fed­er­a­tion says Veron­ica Char­lyn Cor­ral Ang started show­ing symp­toms such as fever and le­sions on July 6 and alerted sports author­i­ties.

Tests con­ducted at the ath­letes vil­lage med­i­cal clinic in Toronto con­firmed Wed­nes­day that she had chickenpox.

The Games’ or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee says a for­eign ath­lete con­tracted the vari­cella virus be­fore ar­riv­ing in Canada and is be­ing treated.

Spokesman Teddy Katz says the ath­lete is in “self iso­la­tion’’ un­til the con­ta­gious pe­riod ends on July 12.

He says the ath­lete’s team­mates are also be­ing as­sessed but the ma­jor­ity have been vac­ci­nated or have al­ready had chickenpox and are not con­sid­ered sus­cep­ti­ble.

Katz said Games of­fi­cials are work­ing with public health of­fi­cials to man­age and mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

Cana­dian team doc­tor Dory Boyer said he is con­fi­dent Toronto health of­fi­cials will be able to pre­vent an out­break.

“We’re very lucky be­ing in Toronto in that they have a Toronto 2015 host med­i­cal ser­vices,’’ he said. “They are ex­tremely well-equipped with public health, work­ing in tan­dem with them, to pre­vent any type of out­break, not just for the Cana­dian team, but of course any­body in the vil­lage or any satel­lite type vil­lages.’’

While he couldn’t con­firm that ev­ery mem­ber of the team had been vac­ci­nated, Boyer said they are all welle­d­u­cated.

“We have in­for­ma­tion that goes out to ev­ery mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion, all ath­letes, all staff, all coaches well be­fore the Games as far as rec­om­men­da­tions for them com­ing into this type of en­vi­ron­ment as far as im­mu­niza­tions, as far as any­thing re­gard­ing their health, not just to pre­vent an in­fec­tious dis­ease like this, but any type of ill­ness they could con­tract in this type of en­vi­ron­ment,’’ he said.

The Mex­i­can Football Fed­er­a­tion said Ang is be­ing re­placed by Nancy Guadalupe An­to­nio Lopez.

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