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Whooping cough at water polo camp

Thursday June 21st 2012

A pre-Olympics warm-up meeting in Australia has had to be cancelled after two water polo players and a coach were diagnosed with whooping cough.

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) added that players Melissa Rippon and Nicola Zagame would not miss out on the Games and are expected to return to training next week.

The complete Australian women's water polo team was put under quarantine following the outbreak at the AIS in Canberra.

Whooping cough is highly contagious and can cause serious brain damage and death in infants, while adults usually only experience flu-like symptoms.

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) said in a statement on its website: "The water polo team is in camp at the AIS and has been placed in isolation to mitigate the risk of infection for athletes, staff and the public. All members and officials of the team have been tested.

"Water Polo Australia is taking this very seriously and will continue to work closely with AIS health professionals to provide the best care for those players diagnosed and to reduce any potential further risk."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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