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Marine Recruits Become Ill After Trip To Mess Hall

July 18, 1985

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) _ Most of the 132 recruits who checked into sick bay after dining at the Parris Island mess hall were back in their barracks Thursday, but Marine Corps officials were still mystified about what caused the outbreak of cramps, nausea and diarrhea.

″The initial diagnosis is a food-borne illness,″ said Master Sgt. Ron Keane, a spokesman at the Parris Island Marine Recruit Training Depot.

Keane said that an examination of the mess hall and the staff turned up nothing that could have caused the illness.

All but 10 of the recruits had been sent home from the hospital by late afternoon Thursday, and he expected everyone back on duty by the end of the day.

One outbreak occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in four platoons that share the same mess hall, said Keane, but some had become sick after the midday meal.

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