Dozens of Swiss soldiers hit by vomiting bug, 4 in critical condition

GENEVA (AFP) - More than 40 military staff and recruits at an academy in central Switzerland were taken to hospital on Thursday (July 4) after they suddenly fell violently ill, the government said.

In a statement, the Swiss defence department said that on Thursday afternoon, 43 recruits and members of the Jassbach academy in Linden, in Bern Canton, suddenly suffered from acute gastrointestinal problems, with diarrhoea and vomiting.

"As a result, all 43 service members were sent by ambulance and helicopter to hospitals and military medical facilities," the statement said.

An army spokesman told the ATS news agency that four of those affected were in a critical condition.

The authorities were still trying to determine the cause of the disease outbreak.

As a precaution, the canton of Bern has imposed a quarantine on the Jassbach site, which specialises in cyber defence training, the statement said.

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