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MYSTERY ILLNESS KILLS SECOND G.I.
IN IRAQ – MISSOURI GUARDSMAN
LATEST VICTIM – SOME 20 OTHERS HIT
WITH “SEVERE PNEUMONIA” SYMPTOMS
LUNGS FILL WITH FLUID, INTERNAL
ORGANS FAIL – MEDICAL EXPERTS
STYMIED BY SUDDEN OUTBREAK


A “mystery illness” has struck 19 soldiers (as of press time) in Iraq and killed two of them with “severe pneumonia-like symptoms,” sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com.

Doctors at the U.S. military’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany are baffled by the disease, which strikes suddenly and attacks the internal organs. First signs of the malady are a sore throat and extreme weakness, followed by “fluid buildup around the lungs” and then kidney and other organ failure.

Identity of the first fatality has not been released, but the latest soldier to die has been identified as SPC Josh Neusche of the Missouri National Guard’s 203rd Engineer Battalion.

The 20 year-old “G.I.” had been working as part of a cleanup operation around the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. He told buddies he “felt sick” and had a sore throat. Within hours, he was deathly ill and was flown to Germany.

Physicians there were at a loss to diagnose just what caused the rapid deterioration in Neusche’s condition. The boy’s parents, from Montreal, Mo., were aided by local Congressman Ike Skelton and members of the state national guard in paying for the flight to Landstuhl to be with their son. But by the time they arrived on July 11, Neusche was in a coma. The soldier died the next day.

Pentagon flacks are down-playing the mystery illness, which was described in the Saudi newspaper “Al-Waten” as having symptoms of a high fever, itching scars and dark brown spots on the skin.” The Saudi report on July 17 said the bulk of the troops affected were working around the Baghdad Airport.

Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. James Peake is taking no chances on the strange malady spreading to more troops. He has ordered medical specialists and epidemiologists to trace the source of the illness by studying movements of the victims from the moment they set foot in the Middle East.

Blood and tissue samples from Neusche are under study now, and a medical team is conducting soil and air samples of the area where the soldier worked to see if he came in contact with a deadly toxin that may have killed him and sickened his buddies.

Unlike many members of Congress who just give “lip service” to their constituents,” Congressman Skelton, a highly-respected conservative Democrat from the “show-me” state, intends to get to the bottom of what killed his constituent.



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