Before the start of the football season, San Diego State is dealing with a chickenpox outbreak.
Coach Rocky Long said three of his players have already been diagnosed with the viral infection, and he fears that other players will contract it, as well.
“I’m afraid that it might not be just three of them,” he told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “The team’s been together for a whole week now. It’s dramatic if we lose a few more. … What if it hits 10 other ones?”
The Aztecs began training this week, which means players have been in close contract with each other on the field and in the locker rooms.
According to Long, senior linebacker Tyler Morris was the first to contract chickenpox. Senior linebacker Temerick Harper then contracted the virus, followed by junior offensive tackle Ryan Pope.
“Tyler Morris was the first one to get it,” Long said. “Temerick Harper sits right next to him in meetings and Pope is Temerick Harper’s roommate. (Senior safety) Trey Lomax is Tyler Morris’ roommate, but Trey had it when he was a little kid.”
All three of the infected players are on medication, which means the rash should clear up within a week. If the medication doesn’t take effect, it could take three weeks for the virus to leave the body.
That could be a huge problem for the Aztecs, since their opening game against UC Davis is in less than three weeks.
Long said many of the players are now worried because they don’t know if they were either vaccinated or if they had the chickenpox when they were younger.
“One of our guys was real nervous because he hung out with those guys (Friday), and he (supposedly) knew he had never been vaccinated and he knew he never had it,” Long said. “So we called his mother and she said he had it when he was 7. So if you ask these guys, they don’t know if they had it or not.”