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ULTIMO FASCICOLOTHE JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS

Rivista di Medicina, Traumatologia e Psicologia dello Sport

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Online ISSN 1827-1928

 

The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2008 Giugno;48(2):125-8

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Report of a serious reportable communicable disease at a major sporting event

CUMMISKEY J. 1, BORRIONE P. 2, BACHL N. 1, 3, ERGEN E. 1, 4, PIGOZZI F. 1, 2

1 European Olympic Committees Medical and Scientific Commission
2 Department of Health Sciences, IUSM, University of Rome, Rome, Italy
3 Institute of Sport Sciences, University of Wien, Wien, Austria
4 Department of Sport Medicine, University of Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

A European Youth Olympic Sports Festival (EYOF), in Jaca, Northern Aragon, Spain, involving 1500 athletes, from 43 countries was held in January for 7 days. The event was marred by a case of type B Neisseria meningitidis. The usual care of the patient was performed in a local hospital. He eventually made a full recovery. The case was reported to the Local Health Authority and the National Public Health authority of the patient’s country. Their advice was to treat the core case, give prophylactic therapy to the inner circle (28 athletes and officials) and surveillance of the other close contacts (84 total) with temperature and symptom review daily. They advised against further information being given to the rest of the athletes and officials, in case it might give rise to a panic situation. The dilemma of the responsible physicians was that 1500 athletes were traveling back to 43 countries within the incubation period of the bacterial meningitis. It was decided that informing each country was appropriate. This was done at the event by informing the Chef of the Missions and writing to the Secretary Generals of each National Olympic Committee attending. This was the first serious contagious disease at a major sporting event. The way in which the wider dispersing attendees were informed at the event should form the basis of management at sporting events in the likelihood of a serious communicable disease.

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