Friday, March 4, 2016
Wrestler Got "Mat Herpes" While Wrestling
Wrestler Blake Flovin said he contracted a virus known as "mat herpes" while wrestling at a high school tournament in San Jose. He wants the state wrestling championships in Bakersfield this weekend to be postponed so that the highly contagious virus will not spread.
However, his request to delay the championships was rejected at the state wrestling level. The officials with the California Interscholastic Federation, which governs high school sports in the state, made it clear the tournament will proceed with standard hygiene protocols in place. The tournament has participants of 561 wrestlers from 276 schools.
The virus is highly contagious specially when the infected is exhibiting lesions that can infect others. No new cases have been reported, although some wrestlers who competed against Blake have gone to the doctor to check on skin issues they noticed.