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9:04 am
Thu July 23, 2009

Swine Flu Outbreak at McAlester

McAlester, OK – McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Eight soldiers at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant have tested positive for the swine flu in what health officials say is the largest single outbreak of the virus in the state.

The base's medical director Dr. Norman McAlester said Wednesday most of the soldiers already have recovered. He says all the soldiers who were ill wore face masks and were isolated from the rest of the soldiers who were taking part in a national training exercise at the base.

Base spokesman Mark Hughes says the soldiers were from Texas and Puerto Rico but declined to identify which military units they were with.

The cases mark the first confirmed cases of swine flu in Pittsburg County.

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Information from: McAlester News-Capital, http://www.mcalesternews.com

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