Skip to comments.'Boot camp' flu back at Lackland[AFB San Antonio, Texas]
Posted on 05/04/2009 12:07:26 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
With spring in full bloom, boot camp flu is back with a vengeance.
A mysterious and virulent strain of the virus linked to last weekend's death of a Security Forces airman on Lackland AFB, it has sickened 237 recruits and technical school students at the base since Jan. 1. Only three of them landed in the base hospital, but all contracted adenovirus serotype 14.
Things have been worse at Lackland, which in the past two years has seen two airmen die after contracting adeno 14, as well as hundreds of flu-like cases that have put thousands out of training and into military sickbeds.
The base so far has been spared from swine flu. No cases have been reported, but more adeno trouble may be ahead during the first warm months of the year because adenoviruses thrive in heat and humidity.
It's always a possibility, Lackland spokesman Oscar Balladares said, when asked if more cases could be on the horizon. But we continue to always take precautions as well.
Airman 1st Class Keith Mylott, 19, of Enfield, Conn., died of pneumonia a week ago at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He fell ill April 13 and went to the hospital three days later, his nine-day struggle for survival mirroring a more prolonged battle lost in 2007 by Airman Paige Renee Villers.
Villers, 19, of Norton, Ohio, had entered boot camp in March of that year, graduated in a wheelchair that July after enduring a 36-day coma, and succumbed to pneumonia Aug. 7.
That spring and early summer, a viral outbreak rippled through boot camp, putting 468 recruits on bed rest from March 1 through mid-June. Some 14 adeno victims were hospitalized.
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When we were there last year for our son’s graduation, there were hand sanitizers outside every door. But I guess in basic, all the recruits sharing one big room, it’s hard to control an outbreak.
I was sick as a dog during basic but feared being washed back or worse so I trudged through...
I’ll never forget waking up in the middle of the night in terrible pain and walking to the latrine where I shined my flashlight in my mouth only to see blood running down the back of my throat.
I could not bring myself to push the call button for the TI in CQ so I went back to bed and suffered but graduated on time.
I came down with German measles during that stretch, and got quarantined at the Camp Pendleton hospital for a few days.
...never did hear how many troopers I infected.
I'm totally off salads for now.
OMGosh.... poor you. How long ago was that?
Sounds like there is something really bad about that place, this doesn’t sound right at all to me.
IDK - my son said they were on them constantly to keep their hands washed and poor personal hygiene was something they would all get in trouble for. My son who just graduated at Ft. Benning said the same thing. I suppose it’s so bad at Lackland because don’t all AF recruits train there? Or is there another base for AF basic? I can’t remember. Anyway, lots of people to keep up with.
I remember when I got to the hospital, a nurse and doc examined me....when it was determined that I had Rubella, the nurse screamed and ran down the long hall yelling about how she was pregnant.
Ping (Thanks, DvdMom!)
Lackland is the only Basic Training site for the Air Force.
Seems to happen almost every year. Does anyone know what the bug going around Baghdad is? One of my sons is getting over it.
I was in OTS at Lackland in 1967 and got a flu shot. I was sick for 7 days. Last time I had the flu shot or the flu.
What was your mutation? Something cool, like Dr. Xavier’s psychic abilities, or something boring, like Nightcrawler’s teleporting abilities?
The Adenovirus strain used caused tumours in laboratory animals...rats, mice, and hamsters. Ironically the hamsters developed the most aggressive tumours. I haven’t had any problems from the vaccine except that while in the USAF the women wouldn’t leave me alone. It was horrible. Almost every night I had to fend them off....unsuccessfully many times though.
Oddly enough, the same thing happened to me in the USAF, but I never took the vaccine.
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