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Source: St. Francis Xavier University

StFX Temporarily Cancels Varsity Athletics and Closes Some Public Facilities

October 18, 2006

ANTIGONISH, NS - St. Francis
Xavier University is temporarily cancelling varsity sports and closing some
public facilities as a result of a Norwalk-like virus that has affected
approximately 35 students and staff. Of that number, 13 are no longer ill.
No StFX students or staff members have been admitted to hospital as result
of the illness.

The decision to cancel varsity athletics and close some facilities was made
following an afternoon meeting between StFX administration and Nova Scotia
Public Health Protection and Promotion officials. "This is a precautionary
measure to prevent the illness from spreading," said Mark MacAulay, Director
of Health and Counseling at St. Francis Xavier University. "Working in
conjunction with public health officials, we will continue to evaluate the

Public events in the University's Oland Centre and Keating Millennium Centre
will be cancelled until further notice. The Wellness Centre at the Keating
Millennium Centre will also be closed until further notice.

Further information for the public is available through StFX's Health
Advisory line at 1-888-231-5333 or by visiting



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