SAN DIEGO–Approximately 69 recruits at both Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and the command’s training facilities at Edson Range on Camp Pendleton have been exposed to E. Coli as of Nov. 3.
The recruits currently undergoing treatment include 14 new cases among the more than 5,000 recruits in training.
Seventeen recruits are receiving treatment at off-base medical facilities while the remainder are being cared for aboard the base. Of the recruits currently receiving off-base medical treatment, 9 have developed a complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome.
“We remain dedicated to supporting the recruits and families most affected, and preparing recruits to return to training,” said Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general, MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region.
Training aboard the installation continues and over 500 new Marines from Hotel Company graduated recruit training this week. As an additional precautionary measure, new Marines who have previously exhibited symptoms of diarrheal illness will remain aboard the installation for continued observation.
The cause of the exposure remains under investigation.