Three Stade Français players contract swine flu

Leading French rugby club Stade Français says three of its players have been diagnosed with Influenza A (H1N1), or swine flu. The club did not reveal their identities but said that two of the three were international players.


AFP - Three Stade Francais players have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, the French rugby union club announced Monday.

Stade did not reveal the identities of the players, saying only that two of the players were internationals.

All three players have been advised to stay at home for five to seven days.

"After suffering flu-like symptoms for 24 hours three players from the club have (been confirmed as having) contracted the H1N1 virus," Stade said in a statement.

"That means they will have to stay at home for a period of between five and seven days. The rest of the squad will be prescribed a preventive treatment."

Stade, one of France's top rugby clubs and part of the Top 14 championship, succumbed to a 24-38 defeat to Bayonne last Friday at Saint-Sebastien, Spain in what was their second match of the season.

The club added that two of the three players who have been diagnosed with the virus travelled to Spain.

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