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darlene o - ma

Auburn, MA

#1 Feb 21, 2009
Some of the stationed at Ft. Loenard Wood are supposed to be graduating next week 2/25 & 2/26. How can this possibly go on if there is a contagious desease on base?? How could we as parents (or anyone) be expected to be allowed on this base? Does anyone have any further info? Last time i talked to my daughter was on Tues 2/17 when she was told to call home.
Please!!!
Very worried mom and very concerned for everyone on that base.
Darlene from Massachusetts
Army wife

Cameron, MO

#2 Feb 22, 2009
Hi Darlene, I live out the South gate of Fort Leonard Wood, My hubby is a Soldier there too, As Far as I know, I have not heard any one else being sick. How ever I did hear that they gave out like estimated 500 shots for this Virus to soldiers, in and around the barricks where the other sick soldiers were at. I have not heard of any more people getting sick. Hopefully they have this under Control now. Hope this helps // Army Wife
Phyllis from Lancaster SC

Rock Hill, SC

#3 Feb 23, 2009
The last time i talk to my son was 2/18/09,when he was told to call. he was sick. I Tried to call, each number i called it would say, no longer in service. Please!!!
Another very worried mom concerned for everyone.
Basic Training Mom

El Nido, CA

#4 Feb 23, 2009
Phyllis from Lancaster SC wrote:
The last time i talk to my son was 2/18/09,when he was told to call. he was sick. I Tried to call, each number i called it would say, no longer in service. Please!!!
Another very worried mom concerned for everyone.
Phyllis,

Almost every recruit gets sick when they get there. They get a cough/cold and it does eventually go away.

I spoke with my daughter both yesterday and today, she didn't even talk about the menegitis which really tells me that it isn't anything to worry about.

Hang in there. It is hard not to talk to our kids as much as we are used to, but it does get better. Is your son in basic training?
Renee

Nashua, NH

#5 Feb 23, 2009
So i was told by my fiance that there are rumors going around that 11 people from fort leonardwood has died of meningitis... and how can the army say it is "non-contagious?" this base has been nothing but a nightmare not giving him his proper equipment or having a start date... whats next?
L McMurry Ruston LA

Lake Charles, LA

#6 Feb 23, 2009
My son is in the 31st Engineer Bldg 622. I have not heard from him since Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Someone please help me get some answers. I was told that there were others sick and others outside the base that are sick and have died of this disease. Why are they keeping us in the dark about our children? We as concerned citizens and parents have a right to know what is going on. I feel that we all should ban together as parents to get some answers.
Not exactly

Waynesville, MO

#7 Feb 24, 2009
You can go to the Fort Leonard web page and get a day to day update. As for off post, there were two cases reported from two different counties, each about an hour from here and totally unrelated. There was an initial report of a third soldier that was sick however that turned out to be not meningitis.
ENwife

Saint Robert, MO

#8 Feb 24, 2009
Renee wrote:
So i was told by my fiance that there are rumors going around that 11 people from fort leonardwood has died of meningitis... and how can the army say it is "non-contagious?" this base has been nothing but a nightmare not giving him his proper equipment or having a start date... whats next?
This is completely untrue and should be regarded as nothing more than a rumor. A total of 2 people have died, both with cases of bacterial meningitis, and now one nurse at the hospital has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, and is reportedly responding well to treatments. While I understand and share everyone's concern (my husband is stationed and works here at Ft.Wood), FLW is asking everyone to remain calm while they give their best efforts to get the situation under control.

As for parents who are concerned about their children in BCT who sound sick on the phone, this is something that happens to almost every new recruit in Basic, not just at FLW. They live in close quarters and if one person catches a cold, you can bet everyone else will have it soon. My husband went to Ft. Jackson for Basic a couple years ago and was sick just about the entire time. Try to keep this in mind and keep busy. If you let yourself do nothing but worry, I promise you will make yourself crazy.
Anonymous

Springdale, AR

#9 Feb 25, 2009
L McMurry Ruston LA wrote:
My son is in the 31st Engineer Bldg 622. I have not heard from him since Wednesday, February 18, 2009. Someone please help me get some answers. I was told that there were others sick and others outside the base that are sick and have died of this disease. Why are they keeping us in the dark about our children? We as concerned citizens and parents have a right to know what is going on. I feel that we all should ban together as parents to get some answers.
There are others infected this week. Demand that the base has all soldiers vaccinated!
Army wife2

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Feb 27, 2009
I have not heard from my husband for over a week now and the last time I spoke with him, I know he was really sick and told me he had high fever and has been coughing. I'm really worried because it doesn't seem like they are getting proper medical attention. I've already gotten prescription from his doctor here in AZ and sent him medicines via mail. I just want answers to make sure they are ok and that indeed this is just an isolated case. My husband is also in the 35th Engineering Brigade in basic training. I'm scheduled to fly to Fort Leonardwood next friday to visit him at the end of his basic training. Will I be able to go in the base? Please help!!! Any answer will be really appreciated.
anon

Harrisonville, MO

#11 Feb 27, 2009
Post is not closed. You will be able to get on post unless something very drastic happens, like a terrorist threat or something. I think the CDC cleared the area today, at least that's what I was told. I know that it is very worrisome, but if something was really wrong with someone, the family would surely be notified, wouldn't they?
Nicole

Normal, IL

#12 Feb 28, 2009
I also have someone at Basic there and i haven't heard from him since Feb 17th when he called for 5 minutes to tell me he wasn't one of the people sick of meningitis. He did sound like he had a cold/sore throat. I haven't been getting my usual letters or phone calls so I'm starting to worry
Annoyed

Waynesville, MO

#13 Feb 28, 2009
Your children are now adults, and soldiers in training. You are not going to be allowed to call them and baby them, and ask them if they had to stand outside and wait to see a doctor, when they are in a country on the other side of the world getting shot at and shooting people.(I again say they are soldiers in training!) Most new recruits will deploy somewhere. Your new soldiers made their own decision about this, whether you think it is right or wrong, you should respect them for making this decision. This was not your decision to make. Stop treating them like children. Maybe that is why they don't call.
Angie Gautier Ms

United States

#14 Mar 2, 2009
I spoke to my son yesterday March 1. He is stationed at FLW for Basic Training. He said they woke them up the other day to give them shots. They were told that some more people had died on base. Why they are being told that this is not contagious, when it obviously is? I seen in earlier comment many do not wash there hands so germs spread. My daughter is in the US Army Airborne Reserves and she said when you are out in the field and such there is no place to wash hands. My son has been sick since shortly after arriving at FLW. And nothing is being done about his cold. And to the other comment your soldiers made a choice yes they did. And until you stand up and do the same do not tell others how to treat their children. Our children signed up in a unsettled time in our country. They are already a step above. But I do not want my son exposed to disease or abuse. And I certainly do not his medical needs ignored. Soldier's are still human being's. Prioners gets better care than Trainee's.
Angie Gautier Ms

United States

#15 Mar 2, 2009
Annoyed wrote:
Your children are now adults, and soldiers in training. You are not going to be allowed to call them and baby them, and ask them if they had to stand outside and wait to see a doctor, when they are in a country on the other side of the world getting shot at and shooting people.(I again say they are soldiers in training!) Most new recruits will deploy somewhere. Your new soldiers made their own decision about this, whether you think it is right or wrong, you should respect them for making this decision. This was not your decision to make. Stop treating them like children. Maybe that is why they don't call.
YOU ARE CORRECT BUT THEY ARE NOT OVER SEAS SOMEWHERE ARE THEY? THEY ARE AT HOME IN THEIR ON COUNTRY. AND THEY ARE NOT BEING GIVEN THE MEDICAL CARE THEY REQUIRE. AND ABOVE ALL THEY ARE THERE TO DO A JOB THE POST JOB IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE HEALTHY INVIRONMENT FOR THEM. AND TO PROVIDE DRILL SERGEANTS THAT ARE QUALIFIED TO TRAIN MUCH LESS HAVE THE MORAL'S TO BE IN THE MILITARY REPERSENTING THIS COUNTRY AND THE US CITZENS. AND FROM WHAT I AM READING THAT IS NOT THE CASE.
Annoyed

Waynesville, MO

#16 Mar 2, 2009
How is that not the case? The post has taken every possible precaution. They have given every Soldier a Bicillin Shot and a vaccine shot. They have also ordered countless supplies to clean the barracks better even though the CDC could not even find a reason for those 2 meningitis cases. How can you say that the post is not doing their job when everyone up to the CDC has found no direct cause for the 2 cases.
Angie Gautier Ms

United States

#17 Mar 2, 2009
Annoyed wrote:
How is that not the case? The post has taken every possible precaution. They have given every Soldier a Bicillin Shot and a vaccine shot. They have also ordered countless supplies to clean the barracks better even though the CDC could not even find a reason for those 2 meningitis cases. How can you say that the post is not doing their job when everyone up to the CDC has found no direct cause for the 2 cases.
Glad to hear that especially since my child told me they were given shots the other day and told more had died or were sick from this disease. And I have not seen the report from CDC as of yet posted. I did see were they had not finished there investigation. I take it annoyed must be a drill sergeant there by the way you are defensive.
Angie

United States

#18 Mar 2, 2009
These things that are being done should have been done in the begining. Specially after first case was reported.
Annoyed

Waynesville, MO

#19 Mar 3, 2009
As soon as the first case was reported the units and the hospital started looking and the timeline and possible causes. Don't that that just because it is not in the news it is not happening. Even units that did not have any cases were investigated.
Angie

United States

#20 Mar 3, 2009
That is good to hear. Even though some not think we have a right to be concerned we are. Bottom line these young men & women are our family members. They are nothing to you but everything to us.

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