Regarding the issue around the hospitalisation of a number of players, team delegation members and Organising Committee staff at the U20 European Championship Women 2012 in Debrecen, Hungary, FIBA Europe would like to clarify the following:
On the opening day of the tournament 22 players were affected by sickness and a total of 32 persons, including delegation members, have been hospitalised. Seven of these have been taken to the University Hospital, while 25 have been under observation in the Department of Infection at the Kenézy Gyula Hospital. The majority of the players have returned to their teams, with the last ones expected to be released from hospital on Monday.
Since this outbreak, the local health authorities have provided assurances that the situation is under control. The Public Health Service has launched an investigation to determine the cause.
In a meeting on Sunday, all teams were informed about the first results which indicate that the players were infected with salmonella. According to preliminary results, the players most probably got infected at the dinner at the opening ceremony on Wednesday. The restaurant where the dinner took place is not connected in any way with the teams’ hotel. The final full set of results will be available on Tuesday.
The management of the teams’ hotel have been taking proactive measures from the start of this outbreak to provide the highest hygiene standards and help the teams in the best possible way and the Local Organising Committee are making every effort possible to ensure a fast and complete recovery, as the health of all participants is of course a high priority.