Hepatitis Threat To SLE Clubs
The 14 English Super League clubs have been advised to screen their senior players and relevant staff for hepatitis B as a precautionary measure after a Super League player was diagnosed with the virus.
Under the RFL’s Blood Borne Diseases Rules the player, who is not being named to protect his medical confidentiality, has not played or trained since his diagnosis and is being provided with expert medical treatment and support.
There has never been a known case of transmission of the hepatitis B virus in any contact sport but following advice from its Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Brookes, the RFL has issued its advisory to clubs to provide peace of mind to all players and key personnel.
A factsheet with FAQs on hepatitis B, has also been produced for players and clubs.