Duke basketball: K Academy at center of bacteria outbreak

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The Duke basketball fantasy camp appears to be at the center of a bacteria outbreak. 

It seemed to be the great return of the ‘K Academy’ after a year hiatus, but a press release put out by the Duke basketball program cast a dark cloud over the anticipated event.

Duke announced that 84 campers who were inside Cameron Indoor Stadium were likely exposed to the bacteria Legionella, but all likely exposed are all expected to recover after experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, muscle fatigue and nausea,

The release stated that none of the current Duke basketball players were exposed to the bacteria and it is not believed to be a contagious illness.

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Duke is still investigating the origin of the bacteria, but the school believes that it stemmed from a training room in the Schwartz-Butters Building that the campers were in.

The K Academy did not take place last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Blue Devils’ season ended after a large portion of the team tested positive for COVID-19 in the midst of the ACC Tournament.

Duke basketball already preparing for fall practices

Players will soon be returning to campus for the fall semester and their first official practice with the 2021-22 team, but the countdown to November 9 is already underway for the Dukies.

Countdown to Craziness makes its highly anticipated return this season on October 15 inside Cameron Indoor Stadium to begin the publicized preseason for the Blue Devils.

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However, Duke will reportedly have a secret, closed-door scrimmage with the Villanova Wildcats, the favorite in the Big East Conference, on October 23 in the Washington D.C. arena while closing out the preseason with a public scrimmage against Winston Salem State on October 30 in Durham.

As of right now, Duke will have fans in the stands for the fall sports season with a mask mandate in place, as well as following the guidance sanctioned by the city and county of Durham with an indoor mask mandate regardless of vaccination status.

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