Orlando Magic players sent home with GI virus; player vomits in hallway

In addition to fantasy football and rotisserie baseball, I used to play fantasy basketball. Our league only lasted a year (we made the rules somewhat complicated with daily player substitutions) and there were only 6 of us. When I was playing, info like the below from ESPN would have been awesome to know and maybe would have led to a win for me. Sucks for the Magic players though.

A Magic spokesman said Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick took a flight back to Orlando before Saturday’s game at Milwaukee because of the illness. Dwight Howard and Mickael Pietrus came back before the team’s game at Detroit on Friday night.

The Magic have won six straight games. They still managed to beat Detroit despite playing short-handed. During a win at Chicago on Wednesday, Pietrus vomited in the hallway at one point in the first half.

If the virus is noro, that hallway vomiting event might have been the tigger for some of the other ill players. And maybe for some Chicago or other visiting teams as well if the vomit wasn’t cleaned up well.

Click here for a cleaning up vomit infosheet.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.