Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR). Volume 6, Number 6, July 2000
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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Between 27 and 28 April 2000, 127 basic trainees at Fort Benning, Georgia, were admitted to Martin Army Community Hospital MACH with febrile upper respiratory illnesses. One hundred twelve 88 of them were from a single training company. More than half 54 of the trainees of the most affected company were hospitalized. Although all hospitalized trainees had been immunized against influenza, rapid diagnostic tests for influenza AB were positive in 29 of 31 soldiers initially tested. To accommodate the exceptionally heavy patient load, an infirmary was established in the barracks that normally housed the most severely affected company. On 28 April 2000, at the request of the hospital commander, an epidemiologic consultation EPICON team composed of members from the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine USACHPPM, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research WRAIR, and MACH began an investigation to determine the cause of the outbreak and to recommend control measures.
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