'I've never even been to Australia' - Conor McGregor says his family has been struck down with Aussie flu
Conor McGregor has revealed that his family has spent the past few days battling Aussie flu.
Aussie flu is a virulent strain of influenza A. The H3N2 subtype triggered two-and-a-half times the normal number of cases in Australia, hence the name 'Aussie flu'.
There have been a small number of deaths as a result of the virus in Ireland, according to the HSE.
MMA fighter McGregor claims members of his family have been hit by the virus, with some still hospitalised.
"Well that was a wild New Year's Eve," he wrote on Instagram. "Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it. I've never even been to Australia wtf.
"One of the most intense few days I've gone thru. Big New Year's Eve party cancelled at the last minute and I am left shaking in bed the past two days. I'll leave that with the rest of the bad behind me in 2017 and take with me the many great experiences I've had this year!"
He did not reveal which members of his family have been affected. His sister Erin is currently in rehearsals for RTE show Dancing with the Stars, which kicks off on Sunday.
Conor shared a photo of himself in bed with his baby son Conor Jr who turns eight months old this week.
Speaking about those 'great experiences of 2017, he added, "None greater than the birth of my son Conor Jr. and the continued support of my family, my friends and my dedicated staff through thick and thin.
"Thank you all and Happy new year to everyone!"
The star joked about returning to the sports pages rather than the celebrity pages of the newspapers this year.
"2018 I may go back to the back pages instead of the front pages again but I have a feeling these journalists now just want me in the obituary pages so we shall see," he wrote.
"I will be ready for whatever comes.
"Be sharp and be fast this year because I am sharper and I am faster.
"God bless you all and Happy New Year!"
Conor and his partner Dee shared a family Christmas at home with their son.