UCLA Gymnastics Team Cleared After Bout With Virus

Feb. 9, 2009

The UCLA gymnastics team has been fully cleared to resume full training and competition after a virus outbreak forced the cancellation of the team's dual meet at Stanford on Feb. 8.

The Bruin team was exposed to the norovirus during the weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1, with several team members contracting the virus. After test results were obtained, the Los Angeles Center for Public Health confirmed the norovirus diagnosis. Due to the health concerns of the team and the contagious nature of the virus, the Pac-10 Conference cancelled the Bruins' participation in the Stanford meet, upon advisement of UCLA team physicians and public health officials. UCLA's practices were also cancelled for the beginning part of last week, and light training for symptomatic individuals resumed on Thursday.

All team members are now symptom-free and resumed full training on Monday morning.

'We would like to thank our medical and athletic training staff for all they did to treat those who were symptomatic and to contain the virus so that exposure was minimized,' said UCLA Senior Associate Athletic Director Petrina Long. 'The team was obviously disappointed that they were unable to compete against Stanford last weekend, but they are looking forward to getting back into competition on Sunday.'

The second-ranked Bruins will proceed with their scheduled home quad meet against Washington, Boise State and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2 pm in Pauley Pavilion.

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