Swine Flu Hits US Troops in Kuwait

First cases reported in the Gulf region
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted May 24, 2009 5:26 AM CDT
This image taken through a microscope shows the H1N1 strain of the swine flu virus.    (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control and Prevention, C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish)
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(Newser) – In the first appearance of swine flu in the Gulf region, 18 American soldiers have tested positive for the disease, reports the BBC. All affected troops have left Kuwait and received medical attention. The soldiers at the military base—a logistics outpost for troops serving in Iraq—did not come into contact with the local Kuwaiti population, according to officials.