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Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2001

Teams warned about bacteria

July 12, 2001

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— Officials of the World Track and Field Championships are warning international federations about a bacteria that killed a professional golfer in Edmonton. The warning letter does not necessarily recommend athletes going to Edmonton for the Aug. 3-12 championships get a vaccination.

Zimbabwean golfer Lewis Chitengwa died of the Edmonton strain of meningococcal bacteria when he was in the city for a golf tournament June 30.

There have been 67 such cases in the Edmonton region since December 1999. Chitengwa was one of three people who died of the infection, which is a form of blood poisoning caused by the same bacteria that causes meningitis. The outbreak prompted a citywide vaccination program for young people, who are the most susceptible, and it has expanded to the province.

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