DISTREX (Reuters) – A contagious disease that spreads through the bloodstream from one person to another is spreading from one stadium to another in the United States, raising concerns about the potential for more outbreaks.
The disease, cryptococci, has been circulating for several years and has been shown to be transmitted from person to person, though few cases have occurred in people.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not confirmed the outbreak, the outbreak was confirmed in several states on Friday.
A statement from the New York City Department of Health said the department was investigating how the disease was spread, and if it could be stopped.
The outbreak comes as the nation’s largest sports stadiums have begun to close.
The Associated Press reported earlier this month that the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are planning to close their stadiums for the season.
The games in Philadelphia and San Diego are scheduled to start on Aug. 11, with the last game in Arizona on Sept. 16.
The stadiums were among the venues that hosted the first round of the World Series, in which the Dodgers and Giants defeated the Cubs and Dodgers in six games.
The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Protection said last week that the U. S. had seen 3,096 confirmed cryptococca cases, including 898 in people who had previously been diagnosed.
The agency said there were no confirmed cases in the general population.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)