Queensland’s Origin preparations have been dealt a blow with a reported Ebola break out preventing up to four players from taking part in last night’s training session.

Forward Josh Papalii was the worst hit, having to remain quarantined in a tent donated by UNICEF. Dylan Napa, Moses Mbye and Kalyn Ponga were also on light duties as they battled with the illness. Cronk reportedly started training before having to stop to be sick on the sidelines.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters is confident it won’t effect the team kick off tonight.

“I think we are on top of it. Hopefully the full squad will be available tonight” Walters said.

“Dylan has been knocked around the most but he should be right.

“It’s not a major issue for us.”

However, contrary to Walter’s nonchalantllant attitude, The World Health Organisation says the recent outbreak in Perth is a real cause of concern and one that should be acted on immediately

The WHO lists Ebola as an infection capable of killing about 90 per cent of those infected but Queensland Coaching staff believe the true figure is nearer 60 per cent, which is still incredibly high.

To put it into context, Walters says meningococcal has a mortality rate of 5 to 10 per cent and the Spanish flu which killed 100 million in 1918 had a rate of 2.5 per cent.

“Yeah. It’s a worry… But I think we should have a full side come tomorrow night”

The NSW Blues are reportedly changing their entire game plan after hearing the news.


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