Skip to content

UCLA CB likely to miss 2013 season with rare, and deadly, fungus infection

UCLA v California Getty Images

Marcus Rios began this spring atop the depth chart at cornerback for UCLA. Now, he may not play at all in 2013 as he deals with considerably more important issues.

Per the Los Angeles TimesRios could miss most, if not all, of this year because of a rare fungus infection located in his sinus area. Rios has already undergone six surgeries to remove the fungus and will undergo another within the next two weeks.

“It started as a sinus infection last October,” Rios said. “Then they found the fungus infection behind my eye and beneath my brain.”

It’s apparently a serious matter. Rios told the paper that while only a dozen people have ever been recorded as having the fungus, it has resulted in the deaths of almost all of them. The sophomore-to-be is currently on antibiotics fed through a catheter in his arm to help with the condition.

We certainly wish Rios the best and hope for a full recovery.

Permalink 9 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Pac-12 Conference, Rumor Mill, Top Posts, UCLA Bruins
9 Responses to “UCLA CB likely to miss 2013 season with rare, and deadly, fungus infection”
  1. thegamecocker says: Apr 29, 2013 8:47 AM

    Gamecock nation hopes for a full recovery for Marcus Rios. Keep up the fight Marcus.

  2. sanduskyshowerboy says: Apr 29, 2013 8:59 AM

    no they don’t, thegamecocker, he isn’t SEC

  3. palmbeachbuckeye says: Apr 29, 2013 10:25 AM

    You don’t take Antibiotics for a Fungal Infection–they treat Bacterial infections. Anti-fungals treat fungus infections…(healtchare professional for over 25 years)

  4. ancientcougar says: Apr 29, 2013 11:26 AM

    What idiot showerboy would not wish a 20something young man good wishes for a full recovery, regardless of Conference affiliation?

  5. thegamecocker says: Apr 29, 2013 12:00 PM

    @ancientcougar

    I specifically did not respond to that comment because it was so mean spirited and untrue. All member schools of the SEC would ONLY wish good health to anyone in that situation. The person who wrote that was trying to be funny but the humor failed. If you read the article, not ONE person has survived this fungus attack……..

  6. dontfwme says: Apr 29, 2013 12:48 PM

    Horrible news….here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery. I’m sure I speak for all Trojan fans in saying I’d love to see him on the field in 2013 after he beats this.

  7. mogogo1 says: Apr 29, 2013 6:07 PM

    palmbeachbuckeye says:

    You don’t take Antibiotics for a Fungal Infection–they treat Bacterial infections. Anti-fungals treat fungus infections…(healtchare professional for over 25 years)

    __________________

    Ben accurately quoted the LA Times story and a quick google of “antibiotics for fungal infection” brings up a Mayo Clinic page saying antibiotics are effective against certain types of fungal infections. No offense, but I’d say the Mayo Clinic should be a pretty accurate source.

  8. joeonion says: Apr 29, 2013 9:24 PM

    Sounds like mucormycosis, caused by a fungus found in soil. Cutaneous infection has been seen in tornado victims that have dirt embedded in their skin. Sinus infections are usually seen in diabetics and immune compromised individuals (HIV+ or cancer). Either this unfortunate young man has diabetes or something else is going on to compromise his immune system. The complete story is not being told.

    As for “antifungals” not being “antibiotics”: antibiotics is a general term applied to a substance that inhibits or kills microorganisms. All antifungals are antibiotics; not all antibiotics are antifungals.

  9. badintent says: Apr 29, 2013 10:58 PM

    @joeonion
    Well stated ! I have read about the infection brought on by tornado victims in the last year or so. However, many sinus infections are brought on by heavy pollution living in cities. I know personally.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!