Sharks don’t fear hepatitis A exposure

Written By komlim puldel on Rabu, 18 Februari 2015 | 20.01

Tigers coach Jason Taylor says the club is getting on with business as usual as three players await test results for Hepatitis A after consuming contaminated berries.

Shane Flanagan has no concerns about playing against the Tigers, despite a hepatitis A scare. Source: News Corp Australia

CRONULLA Sharks officials are confident their players will avoid any risk of being exposed to the hepatitis A infection this weekend despite learning a fourth Wests Tigers player has been tested for the disease.

After three senior Wests Tigers players raised their hands on Tuesday, a fourth player came forward on Wednesday believing he too had consumed the same contaminated Chinese-grown berries linked to the superbug.

All four Tigers players have now been blood tested by their local GP with the club hoping to learn of the results within the next 48-hours.

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The four players in question continue to train with the Tigers NRL squad ahead of their final pre-season trial match against the Sharks at Campbelltown on Saturday night.

Wests Tigers training has continued as normal despite a hepatitis A scare. Source: News Corp Australia

While the possibility of the infection spreading from one player to another is considered extremely remote, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said the club had held dialogue with the Tigers coaching and medical staff about the issue and that he was not concerned about any threat to his playing group.

"Our medical staff have been in phone contact with the Tigers and we have full faith in how as a club they are handling the situation," Flanagan said.

"Our players are our priority as are the Tigers players to their club, so if those player's weren't fit then I'm sure they wouldn't play.

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"But if they feel fine, which is the early indication, they should play.

"It's an important trial match and we're looking forward to playing."

After speaking with The Daily Telegraph about the unexpected scare on Tuesday, Tigers coach Jason Taylor again fronted the media on Wednesday to allay any further fears.

"We're not overly concerned about it, we're just being really cautious," Taylor said.

"It's a smart move by the club to make sure we're ticking all the boxes to make sure the guys are okay.

Three Wests Tigers players will be tested for Hepatitis A, after eating what they believe were contaminated berries.

"They've been tested for it and we'll get the results soon, then life will go on.

"The guys are preparing to play this weekend and we're very confident that's what we'll do."

Under the guidance of a new physical performance manager Corey Bocking and consultant Keegan Smith, the majority of Wests Tigers' players have committed to a clean-eating regimen over summer.

However, it's believed all four players who consumed the frozen berries — which have been recalled due to fears they are contaminated with hepatitis A — did so independently.

Taylor also suggested to media on Wednesday that it would be naive to suggest the Tigers were the only club confronted with the scare, however, the Sharks, Sydney Roosters and Canterbury Bulldogs all confirmed to The Daily Telegraph they had no cause for concern among their players.

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