Kuwait fights highly contagious virus – 77 affected in US Army at Camps

May 31, 2018

The United States Army Central is currently working to contain the outbreak of highly contagious norovirus at Camp Buehring and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, according to armytimes.com. The website quoting deputy chief of public affairs and communications for US Army Central, Kavanaugh Breazeale, told Army Times 77 people have been diagnosed with symptoms of the virus, but only seven of those are confirmed cases so far.

Breazeale was quoted as saying, “We’re working diligently to identify those who are infected with the virus to ensure that it doesn’t spread more.” The norovirus causes basically very, very harsh symptoms like food poisoning.

Reports of norovirus broke out last week, with the first flight out of Kuwait having a soldier pulled from it Friday, according to the official.

The Army isn’t yet sure where the outbreak started, but it is believed the virus commonly does spread through food contamination. The US Army Central said it doesn’t expect the outbreak to impact current operations. Of the personnel with symptoms, 75 are at Camp Arifjan, and two more are at Camp Buehring, which is roughly 150 kilometers northwest of Kuwait City.

Norovirus symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. The symptoms can lead to dehydration, especially in vulnerable members of the population, such as young children and older adults.

Source : Arabtimes

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