HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Hannover midfielder Franca has been diagnosed with tuberculosis just over a month after joining from Brazilian side Coritiba.
The Bundesliga club says in a statement that the 21-year-old Franca, whose full name is Welington Wildy Muniz dos Santos, will miss several months while he is treated for the highly contagious bacterial infection.
Efforts were being made to examine those who came into contact with Franca to ensure containment.
Helga Heykes-Uden, the regional tuberculosis advisory agency chief, says the source of the outbreak is most likely not in Hannover and that "the disease becomes active four months after infection at the earliest."
Franca flew to Hannover from Brazil on Jan. 11.
Those infected with tuberculosis can only infect others after it becomes active.