Meningococcal disease hits US Army in Germany

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8 March 2006, BERLIN - An American teenager has been admitted to a German hospital with the symptoms of meningococcal disease, the fourth member of the expat American military community in Germany to contract the disease this year.

8 March 2006

BERLIN - An American teenager has been admitted to a German hospital with the symptoms of meningococcal disease, the fourth member of the expat American military community in Germany to contract the disease this year.

According to the US Army newspaper Stars and Stripes, the parents of 16-year-old Christopher Screen took him to a clinic on Saturday evening after he complained of feeling chilly and achy.  He was admitted to a children's hospital in Würzburg on Sunday after he began vomiting, a symptom of meningococcal disease.

Army health officials said on Tuesday the illness had been caught in time. Screen's mother said her son was in good condition. The boy's father Audwin Screen, a civilian who works for the US Army in Kitzingen, said it had been a close call, quoting the German doctor as saying "If you guys had waited another day, your son would be dead."

This is the fourth case of meningococcal disease to hit the US Army community in Germany this year. A Kitzingen soldier and an Air Force civilian from Spangdahlem Air Base died of septicaemia, one form of meningococcal disease, and the spouse of a Schweinfurt soldier died of meningitis, another form of the disease. All three cases happened between 28 January and 3 February.

The deaths have led the Army to send a medical team from the US to Germany to investigate. The team has concluded the deaths are not linked, and a final report is due at the end of this month.

Copyright Expatica 2006

Subject: German news

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