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Fort Riley soldier latest to contract swine flu

A Fort Riley soldier has been diagnosed with the latest confirmed case of swine flu in Kansas, health officials said Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 23 cases.

May 12, 2009, 10:43 a.m. Updated May 12, 2009, 5:11 p.m.

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— A Fort Riley soldier has been diagnosed with the latest confirmed case of swine flu in Kansas, health officials said Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 23 cases.

Lisa Madrano, spokeswoman for Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, said the soldier went to the hospital Monday with symptoms. A test was conducted and confirmed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in Topeka.

Madrano said the soldier was placed in home isolation and confined there until he recovers, and no other cases are suspected. The Geary County Health Department and Army medical staff are trying to determine how the soldier came in contact with the virus.

There are more than 15,000 soldiers assigned to Fort Riley, though several thousand are currently deployed to Iraq.

In 1918, Fort Riley was the site of an outbreak where hundreds of soldiers came down with the deadly flu that by some historic accounts killed as many as 50 million people worldwide. According to the Kansas Historical Society, a soldier reported ill on March 4, 1918, and within three weeks more than 1,100 soldiers were sick.

The flu is believed to have spread to the rest of the United States and Europe as soldiers who trained at Fort Riley’s Camp Funston were shipped out for combat duty in World War I.

“This being the origin of the last outbreak, it’s in the back of people’s mind,” Madrano said. “Back then they didn’t understand how to arrange the barracks and the beds to prevent that social contact.”

Madrano said health officials were urging soldiers, family members and civilian employees to take precautions to keep the virus from spreading this time around.

Other confirmed swine flu cases in Kansas include two in Dickinson County, nine in Johnson County, one in Ottawa County, one in Sedgwick County and nine in Wyandotte County. Eight of the nine in Wyandotte are children.

The state health department has established a phone line for concerned Kansans to call with questions about swine flu. The number is 1-877-427-7317. Operators will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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domino 6 years, 2 months ago

You also need to throw into the mix all the parents that run their kids to the doctor every time they have a little sniffle. These kids have been given meds from day 1 to ward off everything they get and their bodies do not get a chance to build up in immunities that are needed. The moms carry anti-bacterial soapless cleanser in their purses and push it on the kids constantly - again, not letting the kids get a little dirty/germy and likewise build up immunities.

I'm not condoning being slovenly, but my mom always said "A little dirt never hur anybody!" and I think she was probably right!

compmd 6 years, 2 months ago

Original_Me:

1) Correlation is not causation. 2) Learn the scientific method. 3) Learn some chemistry. 4) Apply what you learned in part 3 and learn some biology.

Remember parts 1 and 2 while you are working on 3 and 4.

Music_Girl 6 years, 2 months ago

In my house we learned to wash our hands well from an early age but we also learned to play in the dirt, play outside with the animals and how to tough out a cold or the flu. We didn't go to the doctor unless we were in a fair amount of pain, had a high fever or a fever that didn't break, or had odd symptoms my mom didn't understand. I rarely get sick knock on wood and my whole family is the same way. I was also raised on home grown veggies, meat that we raised ourselves and eggs from our own chickens. Fast food was a "treat" a couple times a month. I sincerely believe the junk they put in our food, the overzealous parents who put their kids on meds way too often and lack of sleep and exercise is what's slowly killing us.

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