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Tuberculosis at Nippon Ham Fighters’ camp?

by on Feb.04, 2010 @ 9:16 am, under NPB

=== 12:06pm JST

Nikkan Sports says that the cameraman took pitcher and staff photos on the 2/1 and practice photos on 2/2.  They also mention the room that he stayed in at the hotel was on the same floor as the support staff.

=== 10:37am JST

There are reports that the cameraman also dropped by the Yokohama Bay Stars' camp in Ginowan on Tuesday.

=== 2/4/2010 9:16am JST

Seems the other clubs in Okinawa are concerned about what steps the Fighters will be taking with regards to their cameraman being diagnosed with tuberculosis.  For now, no changes in the schedule have been made, but that could quickly change if players on the team begin coming down with symptoms.  But those very symptoms could take about 2 months to show.

Here's the cameraman's time-line (via Sanspo):

1/27 - Went to the hospital for tests.  He was told that it could be tuberculosis.
1/28 - Went to Kamagaya to take Ni-gun team pictures.
1/31 - Arrived in Okinawa with the team.  Stayed in same hotel as team.
2/1 - Took pictures of various players, including Darvish, on the first day of Spring camp.
2/2 - Received word from the hospital that it was indeed tuberculosis.

At this point in time, the team will continue workouts as usual.  They are asking players that came into contact with the cameraman to step forward for a consultation to see whether or not they are at risk.

As for the cameraman, the Fighters are obviously not happy that he decided to keep working despite knowing that he could have tuberculosis.  The players seemed concerned about the cameraman's health.