Tour warns CIMB field of typhoid risk, poor air quality

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Players planning to participate in next week’s CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were advised via an e-mail from the PGA Tour on Thursday of potential risks associated with a recent typhoid outbreak and poor air quality.

According to the e-mail obtained by GolfChannel.com, there have been over 30 cases of typhoid reported in Kuala Lumpur since the beginning of August.

No fatalities have been reported from the outbreak and players and staff were advised to only drink bottled or boiled water and avoid ice and raw fruits, vegetables and meats.

The e-mail also warns of poor air quality around Kuala Lumpur because of severe drought conditions.

 “Although the air quality conditions as of Thursday in Kuala Lumpur are currently within acceptable levels, the air quality in and around the area in recent days has ranged from ‘moderate’ to ‘unhealthy’ [on the] Air Quality Index level,” the e-mail said.

Players with chronic pulmonary or cardiac conditions were warned to “take extra precautions.”

“It is something we do as a precaution. We do this with any international event as it relates to travel and what’s happening on the ground,” said Ty Votaw, the Tour’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Votaw said as of Thursday only one player had withdrawn from the event.

The CIMB Classic is the first of two Tour stops in Asia, followed by the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, and includes a 78-player field based on the final FedEx Cup point list from the 2014-15 season as well as the top 10 players from the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.