Outbreaks of bacterial and viral diseases have spurred the U.S. Public Health Service officials to close the dugouts in all Major League Baseball stadiums. Technician's retrieved samples of saliva- laden drinking cups, chewing gum and tobacco that were scraped from the dugout floors. A Hazmat special detail was later called in to take further samples of what appeared to be urine and feces.
Researchers from Atlanta's Center for Disease Control are asking anyone who has attended baseball games the last month or so and sat near the dugouts to report to the nearest hospital for evaluation.
Acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H, will be issuing a report to the media of his growing concern regarding this issue.