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Foreman
1/30/2007 6:00pm,
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/news/story?id=2748372



MINNEAPOLIS -- High school wrestling was suspended Tuesday across the state because of a widespread outbreak of a skin infection.

The Minnesota State High School League said 24 cases of herpes gladiatorum have been reported by 10 teams. The virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact. Symptoms have included lesions on the face, head and neck of wrestlers.

The league banned competitions and direct contact between wrestlers in practice until Feb. 6.

The suspension is meant to control the current outbreak, allow time to diagnose new cases and prevent disqualifications at the state tournament, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 3.

The Minnesota Department of Health has been tracking the virus, caused by herpes simplex type 1, the same strain that causes cold sores.

Officials first became aware of the outbreak at a tournament held in Rochester in late December.

Scot Davis, who coaches wrestling at Owatonna High School, has been involved in wrestling in Minnesota for more than 40 years and says he can't remember the league completely shutting down.

Davis' team, which gets doctor checkups several times a week, competed at the Rochester tournament where the outbreak was first detected, yet none of his wrestlers has been infected.

He applauds the suspension.

"I think it's a bold step," he said. "How else are you going to get this thing cleared up? How do I explain to a mom that her kid has herpes forever?"

Steve Larsen, wrestling coach at Century High School in Rochester, said his team will miss three competitions because of the eight-day suspension.

"It's going to make scheduling interesting," he said. "I hope some of it will get rescheduled."

The Century team has had no skin problems this year, Larsen said. But in the past, when a few of his wrestlers came down with ringworm, his team was suspended from practice and competition as a precaution.

Infected wrestlers have to sit out matches and get cleared by doctors before they can resume wrestling, he said.

Dr. B.J. Anderson, a former wrestler who acts as a health adviser to the high school league, blames the outbreak on doctors who have been misdiagnosing and inappropriately treating the viral infections as bacterial ones.

"[Doctors] are not doing the right tests," he said.

Anderson said the greatest concern is an infection of the eye, which can, in rare cases, lead to scarring or blindness. The virus can remain in a body indefinitely, he said.

A similar outbreak occurred in 1999, affecting 63 wrestlers and disqualifying several of them from the state tournament, Anderson said.

Dr. Henry Balfour, a national expert on herpes who works in the department of virology at the University of Minnesota, said wrestlers are at a higher risk for this sort of infection than other people because of the nature of the sport.

"Usually you have to have damage to the skin," he said. "If there is a break in the skin, ... then the virus could take and cause a skin infection."

Balfour said the virus is not fatal but is a detrimental nuisance that can recur.

Such outbreaks are common in the wrestling world, frequently occurring at summer camps, he said.

TM
1/30/2007 6:33pm,
I blame the parents that didn't keep their disease ridden little cretin at home.

Neildo
1/30/2007 6:37pm,
http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50421

"We tried ta warn ye, but ye dint lissen."

kwoww
1/30/2007 11:07pm,
Another reason why I don't wrestle.

patfromlogan
1/30/2007 11:25pm,
http://www.emedicine.com/ped/images/1585ped0995-05.jpg

the early Greeks captured the clinical manifestations of herpes simplex virus 2,000 years ago in the word herpes, meaning creeping or crawling eruption.1 The human herpes viruses include eight closely related viruses: herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1, -2), varicella zoster virus (VZV), cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, and the human herpes viruses types 6, 7 and 8.

All the herpes viruses contain double-stranded DNA and persist in the host for a lifetime. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are especially closely related—half of their genetic code is identical.2 After primary infection with HSV-1, HSV-2, and VZV, the virus replicates and establishes latency in the sensory dorsal root ganglia. Reactivation and renewed shedding of the virus can occur at any time and is usually associated with physical or emotional stress, exposure to ultraviolet light, tissue damage, or suppression of the immune system.

Teh El Macho
1/31/2007 12:15am,
Goddammit, what a fucking ugly and awful ****.

GIJoe6186
1/31/2007 1:58am,
I wouldnt munch or kiss anything if you have a cold sore.

Imagine you have a cold sore and munch some carpet, then **** your girl. Yea, you just got herpes on your dick.

wakinonioi
1/31/2007 2:28am,
Another reason why I don't wrestle.



Yeah....another! :eusa_liar :icon_roll

GIJoe6186
1/31/2007 2:34am,
You dont wrestle because wrestling is tough work, makes you strong and is a true test of a mans ability.

In other words, cause you aint man enough!

gringokahn
1/31/2007 1:09pm,
Herpes Outbreak Slams Minnesota HS Wrestling

Teams Grapple Microscopic Organism And Lose

By Emil Steiner | January 31, 2007; 11:21 AM ET :

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/offbe..._minnesot.html (http://blog.washingtonpost.com/offbeat/2007/01/herpes_outbreak_slams_minnesot.html)

Being new to grappling, I learned something today. I'd heard of ringworm problems, but I had no idea herpes could happen.

I found some more info here-

http://blackmagic.com/wrest/reference/skininf.html

(In case anyone else didn't realize this...)

Not to push the panic button, but since I take BJJ and an MMA class, I am a little concerned about this. The school nor instructors said anything about these dangers (ringworm/herpes) or any others.

Can anyone comment on how prevalent this is or how to protect yourself from this...?

Pandinha
1/31/2007 1:15pm,
One of my really good friends has herpes gladiatorum, and it's a fucking bitch. Poor guy is spent when he gets an outbreak.

You don't hear much about it in BJJ or MMA.

Neildo
1/31/2007 1:39pm,
Yay thread merger. All hail the MODS!

rsobrien
1/31/2007 1:50pm,
You see, its not the old pavement, broken glass or lava that makes ground fighting impractical its the herpes.

Teh El Macho
1/31/2007 1:51pm,
One of my really good friends has herpes gladiatorum, and it's a fucking bitch. Poor guy is spent when he gets an outbreak.

You don't hear much about it in BJJ or MMA.For some reasons, sanitary conditions are better in BJJ and MMA schools compared to HS/college wrestling groups... something to do with them being private businesses.

-- ED --


You see, its not the old pavement, broken glass or lava that makes ground fighting impractical its the herpes.That's because the d34dl3y str33t is nothing but a giant, dangerous vagina.

gringokahn
1/31/2007 1:55pm,
Search function noob! (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50685)



Relevant thread. (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50421)

pwned!

hah, I saw that afterwards...

wakinonioi
1/31/2007 2:27pm,
For some reasons, sanitary conditions are better in BJJ and MMA schools compared to HS/college wrestling groups... something to do with them being private businesses.



I think it has more to do with sheer volume and frequency of use.