SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About 70 Marines-in-training remained ill Friday with apparent E. coli-related symptoms at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Camp Pendleton amid a week-old outbreak of diarrheal illnesses at the military installations, authorities reported.
Among the cases were 14 new ones diagnosed since Thursday, according to MCRD public affairs.
Most of the affected personnel are being cared for at military medical facilities, but 17 recruits have been admitted to an off-base hospital.
Nine of the latter patients have developed a complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious ailment that can lead to life-threatening kidney failure, according to Marine Corps officials.
On Monday, base officials announced about 300 cases of intestinal ailments at the two San Diego-area installations. The cause or causes of the debilitating bacterial exposure remain under investigation.
"We remain dedicated to supporting the recruits and families most affected, and (to) preparing recruits to return to training," said Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region.
USMC officials have announced the following preventive actions in response to the infections:
-- Forwarding of samples and specimens for testing to the U.S. Army Public Health Command at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, to determine the cause of the illnesses;
-- Continued inspection of all meal-preparation and service facilities at the affected facilities for cleanliness, proper food storage and sanitary handling procedures;
-- Altered menu options for infected personnel to better facilitate maintenance of healthy diet and recovery;
-- Separation and treatment protocols isolating recruits with symptoms and limiting interaction with those who are unaffected;
-- Increased hygiene requirements, focusing particularly on hand washing;
-- Enhanced cleaning to ensure proper hygiene in all areas;
-- Increased inspections of barracks, cafeterias and common areas by the Naval Medical Center San Diego Preventative Medicine Unit; and
-- Dissemination of guidance on identifying symptoms to allow for proactive and prompt treatment for potential patients.
More than 500 new Marines graduated from recruit training locally today. Those who have exhibited symptoms of diarrheal illness will remain on base temporarily for continued observation, according to USMC leadership.
Family members will be contacted if a recruit is hospitalized, has a rescheduled graduation date or has to undergo further observation, and every effort will be made to allow personnel to complete missed training with their original units in order to remain on track for their planned commencement dates, authorities said.
Chula Vista Police on Wednesday cracked down on distracted drivers and pedestrians after a sharp increase in pedestrian fatalities in the South Bay city in recent months.
Creating an inventory of soon-to-expire affordable housing projects and ordinances to protect residents were among the suggestions generated at workshops Wednesday hosted by the City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee.
Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday he reached an agreement with the federal government that California's National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers.
A woman was arrested Wednesday evening after a brief car chase that turned into a standoff in Valencia Park.
Caught in the chaos of the flooding and mudslides on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, an Encinitas family shared their story with News 8 about how a famous surfer, Laird Hamilton, came to their rescue.
A former Coronado dentist who used a fake name to lure patients to Mexico, where he performed dental implant surgery on them, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony and misdemeanor counts, including unlicensed dentistry with risk of bodily harm and practicing dentistry under a false name.
Earth Day is just around the corner and Caltrans wants San Diegans to be mindful of trash on our freeways.
A gun store owner in El Cajon, who is also a local school board president, has posted a video that some students and parents disagree with.
Imagine turning a $10,000 investment into $15 million dollars in sales. In Wednesday's Zevely Zone, Jeff is in Kearny Mesa with a story of inspiration.
The San Ysidro School District got its ninth superintendent in five years when the school board voted unanimously Thursday, April 12 to hire a Lemon Grove educator to head the district.