Saturday, February 27, 2010

U.S. Troops In Haiti Come Down With Malaria

A handful of the U.S. troops helping in earthquake-ravaged Haiti have been diagnosed with malaria.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A U.S. military spokesman in Haiti says six U.S. soldiers involved in the aid mission to the earthquake-raged country have been diagnosed with malaria, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.

An Army spokesman said one of the soldiers was evacuated for treatment and is said to be improving.

The other five soldiers are recovering and are all scheduled to return to their duties.

Meanwhile Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen said the U.S. military is prepared to keep troops in Haiti for as long as security for the relief effort is needed.

He told reporters Friday that the security situation remains calm and that demands for immediate medical attention have declined.

Still, he said, there was no 'definite date' for troop withdrawals.

When asked whether Haiti's upcoming rainy season could complicate the relief effort, he said he didn't want to "accept that as a premise."

About 11,000 troops are in Haiti.

Source: KWTX

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