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Team forfeits season opener because of sick players

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ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) -

A Grand Rapids-area high school is forfeiting a football game because too many players have been sick.

Rockford Superintendent Mike Shibler says the health of players is more important than playing the season opener Friday against Saline.

Two dozen players have had flu-like symptoms with vomiting and diarrhea.

County health officials say they are investigating a likely outbreak of cryptosporidiosis among 30 people closely associated with Rockford's football program. Officials don't believe the school building or its water supply is the source of the infections.

No Rockford athletes outside the football team have been affected.

Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease caused by a microscopic parasite.

Shibler says he's trying to determine if the illnesses are related to a team trip to Roscommon a few weeks ago.

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