San Diego State Postpones Practice After More Cases Of Chickenpox
It is now up to five players that have been sidelined to the illness.
The plan is to practice and scrimmage on Tuesday.
San Diego State football has been hit by two more cases of the chickenpox, raising to the number infected to five. With two more players getting ill, the Aztecs decided to postpone Monday’s practice in order to scrub the locker room and weight room.
Head coach Rocky Long did say that Tuesday’s practice is expected to go on as scheduled which includes a scrimmage.
“We’re canceling practice so that they can thoroughly clean the weight room and locker room and disinfect it so that we can have a clean environment tomorrow morning to help the spread of the virus,” Long said Monday via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “There are five confirmed cases now and, hopefully, this will help stop the spread of it. I’m sure it will. … This will eliminate it being in there tomorrow morning.”
There is no word on who the two additional players who are now sick, but the other three are starting offensive lineman Ryan Pope and senior linebackers Tyler Morris and Temerick Harper.
According to university guidelines, the Chickenpox vaccination is listed among “other recommended vaccinations,” but is not required for admission.
This illness causes an extremely itchy rash that forms small blisters all over the body and it can cause headaches, fever and coughing. Even if this is a mild case of chickenpox it could sideline someone for up to 10 days.
San Diego State opens up their season on Saturday Sept. 2 against UC Davis.