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JORDAN GETS DISEASE NAMED AFTER HIM

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A doctor who's also a sports fan has christened a disease strain "Salmonella mjordan" after the Chicago Bulls star who retired last week.

Michael Jordan may have thought he had it all - three NBA championship rings, two Olympic gold medals, three MVPs and countless other awards.Now, he has a strain of illness named in his honor, said Dr. Stanford Shulman, chief of infectious diseases at Children's Memorial Hospital.

Shulman considered naming the strain after the city, but settled on "Salmonella mjordan" instead.

"Looking at this from the perspective of medicine and microbioloby, this is a traditional way that people have been honored," Shulman said Thursday.

Jordan, through his agent, gave a nod to the new distinction. But further organisms looking for names should look elsewhere, suggested agent David Falk.

"I think if he did it as a tribute, it is a nice tribute," Falk said from his Washington office. "But we are hoping to continue to manage the proliferation of Michael's name and keep it limited to a select group of organizations - whether it be corporate or whether it be charitable."