Wrestler with herpes virus urges delay of state meet

Mar 3, 2016 2:04 PM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A high school wrestler who believes he contracted a highly contagious virus known as "mat herpes" during a recent tournament in Northern California wants the upcoming state championships postponed so other students don't contract the disease.

The San Jose Mercury News reports Thursday that Blake Flovin believes he was infected during the Central Coast Section championships last month. His face is now covered in a severe red rash.

State interscholastic officials say they won't cancel the tournament in the Central California valley Friday because they have in place rigid protocols to protect wrestlers from herpes gladiatorum, which is spread mostly through red skin lesions.

Skin checks are held before tournaments and any athlete with an active infection isn't allowed to compete.

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