Medical Surveillance Monthly Report MSMR). Volume 4, Number 7, October/November 1998
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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Between 27 August and 1 September 1998, 99 soldiers assigned to the Fort Bliss Air Defense Artillery Training Center in El Paso, Texas were hospitalized for acute gastroenteritis AGE. In order of descending frequency, their symptoms were acute onset of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and fever table 1. Initial clinical evaluations suggested the diagnosis of acute viral gastroenteritis. The median duration of hospitalizations was 24 hours range 12-72 hours. All soldiers admitted to the local William Beaumont Army Medical Center WBAMC were assigned to the same unit and lived in close proximity within the training area compound a five-by three- building rectangular compound that was segregated from the rest of the Fort Bliss installation. The hospitalization rate for AGE in the affected unit was 12 99835. Two dining facilities, DF1 and DF2, were located across from each other in the center of the compound. While some soldiers expressed a preference for one or the other, they generally dined where directed by their drill instructors or where the line was shorter.
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