Thursday, November 18, 2004


Rare Blood Infection Surfaces in Injured U.S. Soldiers !

Read the stories below and answer...
This 'rare disease' and posting it these days means:

a) Finally, weapons of mass destruction are found. They are bio-weapons used by 'insurgents' against US troops only.
b) Oh no! These are bioweapons that were released by mistake from the military labs.
c) Maybe thousands of Iraqis wounded have had the same 'rare' infection, but since nobody takes samples from them, it was only found in wounded soldiers?
d) This is another side effect of the use of depleted Uranium in weapons.
e) This is just a non-significant infection.
f) The release of the news at this time is to distract the public from high injury rates in Fallujah.

g) a and c
h) b, c,, and f
i) b and f
j) e and f
k) None of the above. (Suggest an answer then)

The story from Reuters, by Paul Simao
Wired News: Rare Blood Infection Surfaces in Injured U.S. Soldiers
Same story from

"A total of 102 soldiers were found to be infected with the bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii. The infections occurred among soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and three other sites between Jan. 1, 2002, and Aug. 31, 2004.

Although it was not known where the soldiers contracted the infections, the Army said the recent surge highlighted a need to improve infection control in military hospitals.

Eighty-five of the bloodstream infections occurred among soldiers serving in Iraq, the area around Kuwait and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army said in a report published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Military hospitals typically see about one case per year.

Army investigators said they did not know whether the soldiers contracted the infections on the battlefield, during medical treatment on the front line or following evacuation to Walter Reed, Landstuhl and other military medical locations.
The infection was also found in soldiers with traumatic injuries to their arms, legs and extremities during the Vietnam War. "

Read more stories about 'rare infections' used by the same author, Paul Simao (to get familiar with his writing style)

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