Athletes have started arriving in the Games village.
Athletes have started arriving in the Games village.

Flu strikes village on Games eve

THREE people are being treated for influenza within the Commonwealth Games Village and are in isolation on the eve of the opening ceremony.

News Corp has been told the medical command centre has received confirmation of three cases of influenza within the village and preventive medication has been given to those in close contact with them.

It is not known whether the flu patients are athletes, team staff or officials.

It comes as the Australian cycling team - which is staying in Brisbane near the velodrome and not in the athletes' village - took the extraordinary step of briefing its riders and staff through infection prevention nurses from SA Health before they left for the Gold Coast.

Flu patients are in isolation in the Commonwealth Games village.
Flu patients are in isolation in the Commonwealth Games village.

"The patients have been requested to remain in isolation until they no longer have symptoms and are being managed in conjunction with the Gold Coast Public Health Unit," a statement from GOLDOC said on Monday.

Four years ago a gastro outbreak in the Games village in Glasgow caused widespread concern among athletes but it was contained within the workforce and did not involve people who were part of food preparation.

In February, Queensland Health said influenza was striking down 32 people per day in the state and 21 had been admitted to intensive care for treatment,  on the back of one of the worst flu seasons on record.

Athletes have started arriving in the Games village.
Athletes have started arriving in the Games village.

Cycling Australia high performance director Simon Jones said riders and staff attended a presentation from infection prevention nurses at the Adelaide SuperDrome last week. It included a handwashing test to highlight the dangers of spreading illness.

"Sickness is one of those common things in normal life like a head cold or be a bit off, but being an athlete it can have a huge impact on your performance so you've got to take every precaution you can," he said.

"It's about providing that awareness and education because they all know it but it's a case of trying to implement the knowledge.

"Across the team that's what we're trying to do - have experts who have the facts and the team listens to those people."

 

CA has given its riders and staff hand sanitiser and has reinforced the importance of washing their hands.



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