The United States Army Central is currently working to contain the outbreak of highly contagious norovirus at Camp Buehring and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, according to armytimes.com. The website quoting deputy chief of public affairs and communications for US Army Central, Kavanaugh Breazeale, told Army Times 77 people have been diagnosed with symptoms of the virus, but only seven of those are confirmed cases so far.
He added that, “We’re working diligently to identify those who are infected with the virus to ensure that it doesn’t spread more.” The norovirus causes basically very, very harsh symptoms like food poisoning. The Army isn’t yet sure where the outbreak started, but it is believed the virus commonly does spread through food contamination. The US Army Central said it doesn’t expect the outbreak to impact current operations. Of the personnel with symptoms, 75 are at Camp Arifjan, and two more are at Camp Buehring, which is roughly 150 kilometers northwest of Kuwait City. He added that those who were infected with the virus aren’t all from the same unit. “A person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus and most people with norovirus illness get better within 1 to 3 days,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Norovirus symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. The symptoms can lead to dehydration, especially in vulnerable members of the population, such as young children and older adults.