Duke Investigating Source of Legionella Bacteria at Mike Krzyzewski's K Academy

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVAugust 20, 2021

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - JUNE 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils speaks during a press conference at Cameron Indoor Stadium on June 03, 2021 in Durham, North Carolina. Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in Division I men's basketball history who led the Blue Devils to five national titles, announced he plans to retire after the 2021-2022 season. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Duke University announced Thursday an estimated 84 people are being treated for illnesses related to likely exposure to the bacteria Legionella while in attendance for the K Academy, an adult fantasy camp involving Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, on the North Carolina campus.

The statement said none of the school's student-athletes were among those exposed to Legionella, which is not contagious, and all of the people affected are expected to make a full recovery.

"Duke infectious disease specialists have worked with federal, state and local public health officials to identify the source of the exposure, which likely occurred in a training room in the Schwartz-Butters Building," the school said.

The statement also noted a cleaning process is underway in the impacted area and there's "no continuing risk" to those on the campus.

K Academy activities took place from Aug. 11 through Aug. 15.

The event's official website calls it a "once-in-a-lifetime experience for the ultimate Duke or college basketball fan."

"Campers spend five days in Cameron Indoor Stadium where they go from opening day tryouts to Sunday's championship tournament. Along the way, campers play games on Coach K Court in Cameron and learn the inside scoop on Duke's five-time national championship program," the website states.

ESPN's Myron Medcalf noted it costs $12,500 per camper to attend the event.

The 2021 edition marked the 18th year of the K Academy. It's unclear whether the camp will continue in the future with Krzyzewski set to retire following the 2021-22 college basketball season.