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Wednesday, 19th August 2009
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Japanese baseball team hit by swine flu

Japanese baseball team the Nippon Ham Fighters has been hit by the swine flu virus, team officials have announced.

In total, two players on the team, along with the group's coach, tested positive for the virus after 27 members of the squad underwent checks.

Former major league outfielder Terrmel Sledge and pitcher Naoki Miyanishi are the players affected, with another six players showing swine-flu like symptoms also being kept separate from the other team members as a precautionary measure.

The team are based in Hokkaido and play in the Pacific League.

Manager of the team Masataka Nashida said he was shocked to hear that the players had contracted the virus, reported Asia One.

"I just hope that it won't spread further. We can't help but continue fighting with the players who are in good health," he commented.

A game which was set to be held today (August 19th) has been called off due to inclement weather and team officials say that the players will remain in their hotel as a precaution.

Written by Kimberley Homer.