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Friday, August 25, 2000
Flu relief for Canadian Team

By SPIRO PAPUCKOSKI -- SLAM! Sports

 The Canadian Olympic Association will be providing team members with a flu treatment in the event they require it during their stay in Sydney.

 Tamiflu will be available to team members in a pill format. Approved last December by Health Canada, this treatment was donated to the Canadian Olympic Team by Hoffmann-La Roche.

 "At a time when athletes can't afford to be sick, this is a welcome contribution," said Dr. Jack Taunton, chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic Team.

 "Our Canadian athletes need to stay in top form. They have put an incredible amount of time and energy into their training and preparation for this event."

 To date, 311 athletes have been named to the Canadian Team, with 153 men and 158 women competing in 24 different sports.

 The recent strain of the late-winter flu outbreak that has hit Sydney is expected to last another four weeks, well into the Olympic Games.

 The treatment is the most current for all common strains of influenza.

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