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  Mysterious illness affects British troops
Updated 16 May 2002, 11.09
British soldiers at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan
British soldiers at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan

Investigations are underway into a mysterious illness that has struck a hospital in Afghanistan.

Eight officers in total from the British army are returning home because of the bug.

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Another 350 soldiers, who work at the hospital in Bagram, are under quarantine while health officials investigate the cause of the illness.


Stomach cramps

The fever which has affected 18 people in total, remains completely baffling.

It symptoms are said to be diarrhoea, fever and stomach cramps.

The Ministry of Defence say that is highly unlikely that the troops have been deliberately infected in a terrorist attack.

There are about 1,700 troops still currently deployed in Bagram.

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