Mar 4, 2016 2:07 PM
Teen wrestler concerned about spread of contagious rash called 'mat herpes'
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - A high school wrestler is asking officials to postpone a wrestling championship meet after he says he caught a contagious form of herpes during a recent tournament.
Dubbed "mat herpes" the rash can be spread from one athlete to another. It is a skin infection caused by the herpes simplex virus, the same virus that causes cold sores on the lips.
According to Mercury News, Blake Flovin, of Sunnyvale, Calif., believes he contracted the herpes virus at a recent tournament held at San Jose's Independence High, and that other Bay Area wrestlers were exposed as well.
State interscholastic officials said they aren't canceling the event scheduled to take place at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, insisting that they have effective protocols to protect wrestlers from infections and viruses like "herpes gladiatorum."
Any athlete found to have an active infection before the start of the tournament on Friday will not be allowed to compete.