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UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios to undergo seventh surgery on very rare and often fatal fungus infection


UCLA defensive back Marcus Rios was at the top of the Bruins' depth chart at cornerback entering spring football, but his main goal now is to just get well.

Rios has a rare fungus infection in his sinus area, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was diagnosed with it last year, and not only is it extremely rare, the end result is usually death. He will undergo another surgery in the next couple weeks, and that will keep him out for the season, the Times said.

From the Times' report:

Rios said that “it’s very rare. Only 12 people have ever had it and eight of them have died. Two others recovered and then died later.”

That's certainly frightening. Rios told the Times the infection was found behind his eye and beneath this brain.

He had six surgeries since last October to remove the infection. He will have a seventh surgery in the next couple weeks.

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