"Sumo Virus" Warning Is Issued; Deadly Rugby Virus Spreads In Sumo Wrestlers -- National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan

Published: Sep 29, 2008

ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2008) — Rugby players may get more than just the ball out of a scrum – herpes virus can cause a skin disease called "scrumpox" and it spreads through physical contact. Researchers have studied the spread of the disease among sumo wrestlers in Japan and have discovered that a new strain of the virus could be even more pathogenic, according to an article published in the October issue of the Journal of General Virology.

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