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NFL Gives Teams Playing in Dallas an Ebola Primer

By    |   Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:49 PM

As the New York Giants head to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Sunday, they're worried about more than just losing a football game — they're wondering about their chances of contracting the deadly Ebola virus.

Duke University's Infection Control Outreach Network distributed a medical information flier to 32 NFL teams likely to be playing in Dallas during the rest of the season, giving them advice on how to avoid becoming infected, Breitbart News reports.

The primer advises that risk of infection without direct contact with an infected person is extremely low and states, "At this point, we do not advise screening of players or staff to make sure that they have not had close contact with anyone who traveled to or from areas where Ebola is now epidemic.

"We do recommend that medical personnel educate their players and staff about the need to inform club medical personnel in the unlikely event that they actually have such contact."

Further, the advisory states, "perceptions of risk of acquiring EVD (Ebola viral disease) have been skewed in many news articles about the importation of EVD into the U.S.

"Even if additional imported cases of EVD occur in the future, this risk among persons who are not involved with the direct care of sick patients will almost certainly remain far lower than the risk of other rare causes of death such as dying from a dog bite or attack (1 in 104,000), lightning strikes (1 in 136,000) or a plane crash (1 in 1,100,000)."

Dallas is the site of the only three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, a Liberian who was in Dallas for eight days before being quarantined, who later died, and two nurses who treated him.

New York Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon confirmed to Fox Sports, ''Our athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola virus disease."

However, team members didn't seem too concerned. Giants quarterback Eli Manning told Fox, ''No, I don't worry about myself or the team. I think what we're doing, where we're staying, I think we'll be OK.''

Cornerback Prince Amukamara told CBS, "I think guys might think twice if they were planning to bring their wives or their families with them on a trip like this, because why take a chance? But I think the team is doing a good job making sure we have all of the information we need."

Giants safety Antrel Rolle told the Daily News, "Can't worry about things you can’t control."

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