The 3-3 New York Giants travel to Texas to face the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys in a key NFC East clash Sunday afternoon. They aren't only preparing for their division rivals, however; they are also being prepped about the concerns surrounding the Ebola virus.
Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports the Giants' medical personnel were provided with more information about the outbreak, and they briefed the team about the situation:
The NFL sent a newsletter outlining the basic facts about the Ebola virus to all team doctors and trainers for distribution to players and staff. The league said Wednesday the newsletter was written by the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, the league's infectious disease consultants, and sent to the league's 32 teams on Monday.
So far, three people from the Dallas area are confirmed to have been infected by the disease (Thomas Eric Duncan, who passed away, along with nurses Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson).
Graziano's report also included comments from quarterback Eli Manning and cornerback Prince Amukamara about the potentially worrisome situation.
Manning isn't concerned given the plans in place. "I'm not worried about myself or the team," he said. "With what we're doing and where we're staying, I think we'll be fine."
Amukamara states the players are considering a more cautious approach in terms of who they bring with them for the trip.
"I think guys might think twice if they were planning to bring their wives or their families with them on a trip like this, because why take a chance?" the corner said. "But I think the team is doing a good job making sure we have all of the information we need."
CNN notes Ebola isn't like many contagious viruses that travel through air. Instead, it's transmitted from person to person through direct contact with either bodily fluids or contaminated objects used to treat those with the disease:
Ebola is extremely infectious but not extremely contagious. It is infectious, because an infinitesimally small amount can cause illness. Laboratory experiments on nonhuman primates suggest that even a single virus may be enough to trigger a fatal infection.
The ESPN report also provided remarks from Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who commented that it's not an issue that's taken on a major focus within the team, despite the confirmed cases in the area.
"Really haven't, to be honest with you," he replied when asked if he'd addressed the team about Ebola. "I don't think it has directly affected us. So it hasn't been something we have addressed directly with our players."
Despite the possible concern, the visitors didn't announce any change of plans in terms of travel ahead of the game. The Giants and Cowboys are scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.