Source: H1N1 virus may have hit UW football team

As many as 30 players on the UW football team are experiencing flu-like symptoms that could be related to the H1N1 virus outbreak in Wisconsin, according to a source close to the team.

It is unclear which players have been affected, but Garrett Graham, J.J. Watt and Gabe Carimi were named by the source.

After Saturday's 28-20 win over Northern Illinois, Carimi said he was suffering from a nasty cold and had slept 13 hours the night before the game.

"I had the shivers and was sweating profusely. It was one of those nights where I was constantly pulling the covers over me and then off again," he said last Saturday.

UW-Madison has been hit hard by the virus. According to a Capital Times report, University Health Services "saw nearly 200 students with flu-like symptoms from Aug. 31 through Sept. 5." The report says recent lab work "indicates the vast majority of those students have the H1N1 virus."

UPDATE (5:54): UW officials confirmed the "guys have flu-like symptoms" but did not confirm or deny whether they have the H1N1 virus. Bret Bielema is expected to address the media tonight after practice to discuss the flu outbreak.

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