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FOOTBALL: Chikungunya virus sidelines Waterhouse from Premier League

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Last year’s beaten finalists Waterhouse have been sidelined from the Red Stripe Premier League as their squad has been affected by the chikungunya virus.



The Jamaica Football Association (JFF) confirmed that Waterhouse would not honour today’s rescheduled away fixture against Barbican and Sunday’s home game against Harbour View.



The JFF in a release said members of the squad including the goalkeepers have been seriously affected.



The chikungunya virus is contracted from the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.



There are 31 confirmed cases of the chikungunya virus in Jamaica.



However, there have been much higher unofficial reports of people being infected with the disease.



This represents the second time that the Waterhouse, Barbican game had to be rescheduled.



The teams were scheduled to meet in the opening round as part of a double-header at the National Stadium a few weeks ago, but that game was postponed because Waterhouse had a total of five players unavailable due to national commitment.



Waterhouse, the only team still with a perfect win record in the competition, have six points from two games.



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