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Wisconsin players dealing with flu-like symptoms

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

At least 10 Wisconsin players are sick with flu-like symptoms, which has prompted testing for the H1N1 virus.

Wisconsin conducted its normal practice Tuesday afternoon, but several players dealing with the symptoms stayed at home. Dennis Helwig, the school's director of sports medicine, told local media members that two players reported having the symptoms on Sunday, followed by several more in each of the last two days.

Helwig and his staff anticipated a potential flu outbreak on the team after students recently returned for classes at Wisconsin.

"We're managing it," Helwig said. "Our physicians are taking all precautions. We’re continuing to monitor it. They tell us that this of fairly short duration, three to four days. So we're on top of anybody that has it, when they’ve had it and what their symptoms are."

No cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed among Badgers players. Because of the risk of spreading the flu, those exhibiting the symptoms won't be allowed to join their teammates until the symptoms have subsided. Badgers players weren't available to the media Tuesday because of the apparent outbreak.

Wisconsin hopes to receive the vaccine for the H1N1 virus at some point next month.

"There really isn’t anything we can do to effectively prevent this until we get the vaccine," Helwig said. "So everybody is under the same thing – we’ve got this void where we’re just going to have to let things run its course and deal with it as it comes in."