Hundreds of U.S. Marine recruits at military installation Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in California have contracted diarrhea after a bacterial outbreak, Marine Corps Times reports.
The bacterial outbreak has affected nearly six percent of total recruits at the depot and officials still do not know what exactly the cause is. “We are working to identify the cause of the sickness, making sure our affected recruits can return to training as soon as possible and continuing training for recruits not influenced,” Marine Brig. Gen. William Jurney told The San Diego Union-Tribune in a statement, adding: “our immediate focus is identifying, isolating and treating recruits who present symptoms.”
The illness will likely delay graduation dates for the hundreds of recruits as it takes nearly a week to recover. Other symptoms from the bacterial outbreak reportedly include “painful stomach cramps, diarrhea that can become bloody, a mild fever and vomiting,” the newspaper noted.
Marines have also reportedly ordered renewed hand washing on the base and have quarantined recruits showing symptoms.
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