More than 300 Marine recruits have been affected by an E.coli outbreak at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego; there are about 5,500 recruits at the base.
While the outbreak is seemingly contained and has not affected the public, 10 recruits were admitted to an off-base medical facility, and the rest are being treated at the recruit depot, according to a local news outlet.
The source of the outbreak is being investigated.
“Our immediate focus is identifying, isolating and treating recruits who present symptoms,” commander Brig. Gen. William Jurney said, according to ABC 10 News. “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.”
E.coli is a type of bacteria that can infect one’s intestines and causes diarrhea.
It is spread through contaminated food, such as ground beef or unpasteurized milk; polluted water; and personal contact with another human, especially one who does not practice good hygiene.