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SUBJECT: SAC POINT PAPER ON FOOD BORNE ILLNESS AT JEDDAH NEW POINT PAPER ON FOOD BORNE ILLNESS AT JEDDAH NEW PURPOSE To provide SAC/DE available information on the Jeddah New poisoning incident, DISCUSSION On/about 24 Jan 91, 570 personnel, mainly flight line mechanics, were disabled by diarrhea, potentially caused by food poisoning. Sixty-four were hospitalized and six aircrew were DNIF. Eight combat sorties were lost as a direct result, Locally purchased food that was not medically inspected is suspected of introducing the illness, Food service at Jeddah New is By contract. An official medical report on the incident teas not yet been received. SG briefed the Battle Staff on the incident on 24 Jan 91 as follows: -- Slide: --- Medical Information Update ---- Food Borne Illness Outbreak Jeddah ---- Personnel Affected 570 ---- Personnel Hospitalized 64 ---- Personnel DNIF 6 -- Narrative: --- "Sir, this slide depicts the current status of the diarrhea outbreak at Jeddah. Although the source of the outbreak has not yet been identified' a messing contractor is strongly suspected. Of particular interest is the fact that there are no indications that the outbreak is linked to hostile activity." .
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