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This weekend's shows were already missing Brendan Cole who was too ill to perform. Now sources say that the illness is affecting more Strictly dancers!
BBC bosses are said to be panicking as a mystery bug has left five of their professional dancers unable to train.
The team was already missing one of it's dancers on the live shows over the weekend after it was announced that Brendan Cole is recovering from a lung infection, leaving pro Gorka Marquez to step in and dance with contestant Anastacia.
Pro Brendan Cole was too ill to perform on the weekend. Picture | BBC
Now it's claimed that the debilitating mystery virus is affecting pro dancers Katya Jones, Janette Manara, neil Jones, Aljaz Skorjanec and Anton du Beke, leaving them weak, which could interfere with training.
The bug may be being passed on between dancers due to the close contact between the pros.
A source told the Sun: "Producers are now concerned some of the other pros could be following in Brendan's footsteps.
"They have to rehearse and dance very intimately. And as the moment they are dropping like flies."
However, two of the dancers who are experiencing the flu-like symptoms have taken to twitter to reassure fans that they are not a lost cause!
Ed Balls' 22-year-old partner Katya explained: "I feel fine, I've got weak vocal chords."
Neil Jones, a choreographer and commentator on the show, has taken to social media to deny the Sun's reports and confirms that he is a-okay!
@TheSun I might be very very pale but trust me I'm not ill at all.— Neil Jones (@Mr_NJones) October 21, 2016
In a short statement issued to the Metro.co.uk, BBC bosses said: "I can assure you that there is no 'horrendous virus' sweeping through the pros."
We hope everyone gets better soon! We recommend spaghetti soup - with all of the letters of course.