POLICE examine poison claim AT WIMBLEDON
LONDON — Detectives are investigating allegations that a British player at Wimbledon was poisoned, after she fell ill with a bacterial infection that can be spread through rat urine, London's Metropolitan Police said Thursday.
Gabriella Taylor (above), 18, was playing in the junior tournament when she became sick July 6 and had to drop out.
Her mother, Milena, said Gabriella was hospitalized in intensive care and diagnosed with leptospirosis, a bacterial infection spread by animals. She told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that "the bacteria the infection team found is so rare in Britain that we feel this could not have been an accident."
London's Metropolitan Police said detectives were investigating an allegation of poisoning "with intent to endanger life" or cause bodily harm that took place in Wimbledon, a district of London, between July 1-10. No one had been arrested, they said. Police were awaiting medical information about what, if any, poison was involved.
Britain's National Health Service says leptospirosis is uncommon in the United Kingdom, with fewer than 40 cases a year reported. It can be caught by touching soil or water contaminated with the urine of infected animals, particularly rats. It usually causes mild flulike symptoms, but in some cases it can lead to organ failure and internal bleeding.
Taylor on Wednesday posted on Twitter a picture of herself on a tennis court with the caption: "So happy to be back on court!! Taking it step by step!"
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