More Than 300 Marine Recruits Exposed in E. Coli Outbreak

Ooh-Rah

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Oh the pain and NJP's that will be dished out!

Seriously though, my first instinct is to blame some fucked up recruit who was bitter about being on mess-duty and didn't wash after taking a shit.

+300 Marine Recruits Exposed in E. Coli Outbreak

An E. coli outbreak has sickened approximately 300 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and several others at Camp Pendleton training grounds, with at least 10 patients requiring care at an off-campus hospital. The outbreak, which began last week, has not impacted training regimens at the base, officials said.

“Our immediate focus is identifying, isolating and treating recruits who present symptoms,” Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD San Diego said, according to Fox 5 San Diego. “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.”
 

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Someone could have simply not washed the lettuce. Hope the Marines recover quickly.
 

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Wish all the recruits a speedy recovery. Bloody diarrhea is a no go, along with shingles, I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

@SpitfireV By creation or by definition, not sure how to approach this, but I think Crayons are pasteurized. Should be generally accepted that they are safe for human consumption.


For those who are wondering, pulled this from a simple Google search.
<em>E. Coli</em> Infection
Causes of E. coli infection
People and animals normally have some E. coli in their intestines, but some strains cause infection. The bacteria that cause infection can enter into your body in a number of ways.

Improper food handling
Whether food is prepared at home, in a restaurant, or in a grocery store, unsafe handling and preparation can cause contamination. Common causes of food poisoning include:

  • failing to wash hands completely before preparing or eating food
  • using utensils, cutting boards, or serving dishes that aren’t clean, causing cross-contamination
  • consuming dairy products or food containing mayonnaise that have been left out too long
  • consuming foods that haven’t been stored at the right temperature
  • consuming foods that aren’t cooked to the right temperature or duration of time, especially meats and poultry
  • consuming raw seafood products
  • drinking unpasteurized milk
  • consuming raw produce that hasn’t been properly washed
Food processing
During the slaughtering process, poultry and meat products can acquire bacteria from the animals’ intestines.

Contaminated water
Poor sanitation can cause water to contain bacteria from human or animal waste. You can get the infection from drinking contaminated water or from swimming in it.

Person to person
E. coli can spread when an infected person doesn’t wash their hands after having a bowel movement. The bacteria are then spread when that person touches someone or something else, like food. Nursing homes, schools, and child care facilities are particularly vulnerable to person-to-person spreading.

Animals
People who work with animals, especially cows, goats, and sheep, are at increased risk for infection. Anyone who touches animals or who works in an environment with animals should wash their hands regularly and thoroughly.
 

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Not surprising at all. The first 4 weeks of any basic are disease ridden messes. Guys from all over the country, with varying degrees of of personal hygiene and ASVAB scores come together and you are bound to be living in a giant petry dish.

We had some bug going around that was making people shit blood. 1/4 of my basic class caught it. Which makes sense because about 1/4 of those ASVAB waivers never washed their hands after shitting.
 

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Not surprising at all. The first 4 weeks of any basic are disease ridden messes. Guys from all over the country, with varying degrees of of personal hygiene and ASVAB scores come together and you are bound to be living in a giant petry dish.

We had some bug going around that was making people shit blood. 1/4 of my basic class caught it. Which makes sense because about 1/4 of those ASVAB waivers never washed their hands after shitting.
They call it the Basic Flu at Lackland, we lost a trainee a couple of years ago to this.
 
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