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Suspected mumps cases force James Madison to postpone 2 games

CAA Basketball Tournament - Championship

BALTIMORE, MD - MARCH 07: Flags of the schools line the wall during the Colonial Athletic Conference Championship college basketball game tournament between the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks and the Hofstra Pride at Royal Farms Arena on March 7, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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Originally scheduled to host UNCW Thursday night and visit Elon on Saturday, it was announced Tuesday afternoon that the James Madison men’s basketball program has postponed both games. The reason: suspected cases of mumps, with there being one probable case of the viral illness among the team’s coaching staff.

Per the program release, there have also been three other suspected cases of mumps within the team with one affecting a player. Later Tuesday afternoon, a school spokesman said that there is one confirmed case of mumps within the program.

In order to prevent the possible spreading of the virus either within the program or to opposing teams, James Madison has decided to postpone both games scheduled for this week.

According to the school all members of the men’s and women’s basketball programs have received MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) booster shots. Dates and times for the rescheduled games have yet to be announced, with James Madison officials currently working in concert with their counterparts at UNCW, Elon and the CAA.

With a 7-18 overall record and a 3-9 record in CAA play, James Madison ended a three-game losing streak with its 79-73 win over Towson last Saturday.