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August 14, 2009
MNT party treated for virus

CHICAGO — Based on the close exposure to Landon Donovan, who has tested positive for the H1 N1 virus, the U.S. Soccer medical staff is following the recommendations from the Center of Disease Control and providing treatment as a preventative measure to all players, coaches and staff members that were part of the team delegation for the U.S. World Cup Qualifier in Mexico.

It has been determined that Donovan most likely contracted the virus while with his club team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, before coming into camp with the Men’s National Team on Aug. 9. Prior to his arrival in Miami to join the Men’s National Team, Donovan was unaware he had come in contact with the virus as he only experienced very mild symptoms, and did not feel the need to express any concern to the U.S. medical staff. No other players on the National Team expressed or showed signs of flu-like symptoms while in camp..

According to CDC guidelines, it is not necessary for members of the team delegation to be quarantined if they do not have any symptoms of the virus. As a precaution, all members of the U.S. team delegation who came in close contact with Donovan have been advised to take a course of Tamiflu for 10 days.

“We have prescribed the medication to players, coaches and staff members who may have come in close contact with Landon Donovan solely as a preventative measure,” said Dr. David Wallis, a member of the U.S. Soccer medical staff. “Based on CDC recommendations, individuals who did not experience close contact with the player, such as journalists, fans or opposing players, do not need to take any preventative measures. As of now, no other member of the U.S. team delegation has indicated any symptoms associated with the virus and at this time we do not believe additional steps are necessary. However, we will be continuing to monitor the situation and CDC recommendations very closely as we continue to learn more.”

Donovan joined the U.S. team on Sunday (Aug. 9) in Miami, where they trained for two days before traveling to Mexico City. After playing in the match against Mexico in the afternoon on Aug. 12, Donovan returned to Los Angeles that night. The following day, he felt ill and as a precautionary measure he decided to get tested and was diagnosed with the virus. Donovan was quarantined and is being treated with Tamiflu. According to Dr. Wallis, Donovan continues to experience mild symptoms and is expected to be fine within a couple days.

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