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Giants briefed on ebola before trip to Dallas

Giants player Prince Amukamara at the Giants' golf

Giants player Prince Amukamara at the Giants' golf outing. (May 29, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Wednesday morning is typically when Giants players receive information about the opponent for the upcoming game. In this case, it's the Cowboys. On this Wednesday, though, they also received some information about something else that may be waiting for them in Dallas.


Giants senior vice president of communications Pat Hanlon confirmed that players and staff received an electronic briefing giving them background on the deadly virus that has killed one man in Dallas and has infected two healthcare workers in the city. The title of the document: "Ebola: Basic Facts to Answer Common Questions."

"Our athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola virus disease," Hanlon said. "We have distributed a fact sheet to our employees and distributed similar information to our players electronically this morning."

While the Giants insist they are not taking any "out of the ordinary" precautions, some of the players are understandably nervous about the trip.

"I'm sure a lot of guys with family traveling there are second-guessing if they should allow their wives or family members to go there," cornerback Prince Amukamara said. "Gosh, it doesn't seem worth it because it is scary."

Tight end Daniel Fells said he received a text from his wife on the subject on Wednesday.

"It's something you can't necessarily worry about but you have to be prepared for," Fells said. "It's not like we can say we're not going to go. We got business to handle out there. But it's in the back of your mind somewhat."

The league is working very closely with Duke University's Infectious Disease Department (DICON/Duke Infection Control Outreach Network). The Giants said they "will also rely on state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control regarding new information pertinent to this outbreak."

Eli Manning said he thinks the Giants will be far enough away from any areas where the virus is centered to remain safe, but just this weekend one of the Giants' players, Victor Cruz, had to spend the night in a Philadelphia hospital after an in-game injury. The same thing could certainly happen to another player in Dallas.

"It could," Fells said, "but you can't really think about it. We just have to go out there and do our job ... We're professionals so we try to shut that stuff out."

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