Attention High School Wrestlers: Beware of ‘Mat Herpes'

A Long Island high school is currently battling an outbreak of a weird virus. Apparently, all the skin-on-skin rubbing which occurs during amateur wrestling contests carries with it the chance that herpes gladiatorum is spread from person to person. As if anything with the word herpes in it doesn't have a negative enough connotation, the common name for this malady is "mat herpes."

Unfortunately, there's been an outbreak at Wantagh High School. More bad news: Wantagh recently competed in a tournament where several other schools were unknowingly put at risk to this virus.

Attention High School Wrestlers: Beware of 'Mat Herpes' originally appeared on Backporch Main on Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:45:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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