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Meeting will address Fort Leonard Wood meningitis cases

Thursday, February 19, 2009 | 11:31 a.m. CST

FORT LEONARD WOOD — Army leaders from Fort Leonard Wood and officials from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a town hall meeting to discuss recent meningitis cases at the mid-Missouri base.

The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at Nutter Field House at the Army base. The public is invited.

Two soldiers have died this month from a form of bacterial meningitis. Fort Leonard Wood officials say there is no known connection between the two cases and no reason to believe other soldiers or support personnel are at higher risk.

Still, four people from the CDC are at the base investigating. Officials have stepped up efforts to inform soldiers on proper hygiene and provide other tips to reduce the risk of meningitis.

 


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Dawn Smith February 19, 2009 | 7:44 p.m.

I also received a call from my son at Ft. Leonard Wood, he tried to convince me that he is okay. He did say that he is sick and I told him to see a Doctor. I then called his company and told them that they had better make sure that he sees a Doctor.
My brother was at Ft. Leonard Wood 18 years ago and died there. I understand that the army is trying to weed out the week, but should it not be at the expence of mothers loosing thier children.

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Krystal Breaux February 20, 2009 | 10:43 a.m.

I received a call from my husband at Ft. Leonard Wood, and he too tried to convince me that everything was okay. But he also said he was sick and you could tell in his voice he was sick. Most of the soldiers seem afraid of going to sick bay in fear of being called weak and having to restart basic. Personally I would rather have my husband go to sick bay then bury him. With 2 more meningitis ties to Ft. Leonard Wood I personally wish they would just give them all a shot instead of just trying to figure out if someone else has it. Even if it means paying for the shot at least then a measure rather than just a class has been taken in order to keep OUR SOLDIERS AND OUR FAMILY healthy.

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mary jones February 21, 2009 | 4:20 p.m.

My husband works at Ft. Leonard Wood and I can assure you all that the commanders on this post are as concerned and worried as the parents of the soldiers. They also work on Ft. Leonard Wood and are doing everything they can to get to the bottom of this. Please remember that they are people too and they are not out to get your sons and daughters. They are doing their job training your children to do the jobs they signed up to do. Being a soldier is a noble venture, be proud of them. I also have a child in college and am very aware of outbreaks of meningitis on college campuses as well. I think that we all need to stop pointing fingers and start praying and helping one another.

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beth stephens February 21, 2009 | 6:53 p.m.

I HAVE A DAUGHTER AT FT. LEONARD WOOD SHE CALLED ME TUESDAY NIGHT TO TELL ME ABOUT THE MENINGITIS CASE SHE TOLD ME SHE WAS OKAY ,BUT SHE DID HAVE A SORE THROAT.I HAVEN'T HEARD BACK FROM HER AND I'M WORRIED.THEY COULD LET THEM CALL HOME AGAIN TO LET US KNOW THAT THEIR OKAY

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Marisa Otero February 21, 2009 | 7:22 p.m.

I have my one and only son at Ft. Leonard Wood. He also called and assure us that he was fine. We have not heard anything else. I do understand that they are there training to be strong but when it comes to health issues not even the strongest can survive if the issues are not attend in time. These soldiers should not be scared to express their health problems.This is not a sign of weakness! I also have a daughter who is in college and for her it was mandatory to get the menengitis vaccine before the first day of class. Maybe the army should consider the same steps to avoid further damage to families.

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Elizabeth Hernandez February 25, 2009 | 5:33 p.m.

My daughter is at WTRP at Fort Leonard Wood. The Staff Sargeant allowed all of the soldiers to call home and let their families know that they were okay. I trust that they are going to take care of these soldiers. To be in the military takes strength of character and is a noble profession, I just can't see the leaders at Fort Leonard Wood taking any chances with my child. It would be beneath them to behave in such a manner. I will still keep praying. God controls more than the military!
Elizabeth
PAM of Alexandria

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carolyn monroe March 22, 2009 | 11:09 p.m.

I AM A RELATIVE OF ONE OF THE CADETS WHO DIED AT FORT-
LEONARD WOOD. I THINK IT IS A DISGRACE THAT THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA HAD A VACCINE FOR MENINGITIS BUT THEY
STOPPED GIVING IT TO THE CADETS BECAUSE IT WAS 'TOO EXPENSIVE AND COULD NO LONGER GIVE IT'.I FIND IT STRANGE
THAT ITS NICKNAME IS 'FORT MENINGITIS'. THIS WAS GIVING
SEVERAL YEARS AGO.HOW DO YOU PUT A PRICE ON SOMEONES CHILD,
A SON OR DAUGHTER WHO IS WILLING TO FIGHT FOR HIS COUNTRY.
COME ON YOU PEOPLE,,,WHAT ARE THEY COVERING UP.HE WENT TO THE BASE DOCTOR,WAS TOLD HE HAD AN EAR INFECTION,,,THREE
DAYS LATER HE WAS DEAD...WAKE UP...WAKE UP...WE WANT ANSWERS

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Tom Crumb March 12, 2011 | 10:53 p.m.

This is so bizarre! I was at Fort leonard Wood in 1974 and was hospitalized with bacterial meningitis. I thought to God I was going to die!! That was 37 years ago and it is odd that it is still an ongoing problem. Makes one think???

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