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Flu fighters: Army stays vigilant against potential influenza outbreaks
Flu fighters: Army stays vigilant against potential influenza outbreaks
By Vince Little, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Sunday, March 8, 2009

SAPPORO, Japan The soldiers live in cramped quarters, sleeping on bunks and cots mere inches apart. They use common dining and bathroom facilities.

In their spare time, they play cards and share snacks, even drinks. Strangers are greeted with handshakes, and over a single day, some doorknobs will get turned by hundreds of palms.

And its human nature for people to touch their own eyes, noses and mouths without a second thought. But a cough or sneeze in the wrong direction can trigger a chain reaction the Army is diligently fighting to prevent not only in war zones but also in large field exercises such as North Wind.

In Hokkaidos deep snow and wicked wind, dressing warmly just isnt enough. The influenza bug can bite in any weather.

Flu outbreaks crop up routinely and can spread rapidly on droplets, with deadly consequences. There hasnt been a pandemic in more than four decades, but medical experts say its just a matter of time.


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