Dec 2, 2013 12:41 PM by KSNV

Dozens fall ill at football tournament

At least 40 members of nine youth football teams in Las Vegas for national tournament playoffs have become ill with flu-like symptoms according to the Clark County Fire Department and tournament organizers.

"As of now there are nine teams reporting illness and three of those teams are from Las Vegas," Justin Gates said in a phone call from Ormond Beach, Florida. "We first thought it was an illness spread at the team weigh-in on Wednesday, but the three Las Vegas teams weighed in on Tuesday. We now think it might just be a flu-like illness spreading in Western states. It's hard to tell because many of the teams traveled up to 48 hours on a bus to get to Las Vegas and that could have made it easy to spread the bug."

Gates is the competition director for Sports Network International Inc., the organization running the National Youth Football Championships.

Gates said he knew of nine teams with sick individuals as of 3:30 p.m. Friday. He said they were contacting all teams to get details of how many were sick.


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