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In response to a growing outbreak of malaria, the Army has prescribed a two-week treatment course for all soldiers who served in Somalia.

Fort Drum officials reported 39 soldiers affected. Most are members of the 3rd Battalion, 14th Infantry, which was stationed in the Jubba Valley region of southern Somalia.

The disease has shown up in troops from Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Gordon, Ga., said Col. Robert F. Defraites, an Army physician.

Maj. Gen. Steven L. Arnold, commander of the 10th Mountain Division, on Tuesday ordered all division troops who served in Somalia to begin a two-week course of primaquine, a drug that kills dormant malaria parasites.

All soldiers serving in Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope took weekly doses of a preventive drug that killed most malaria parasites living in the blood, but not those in the liver, where the dormant parasites hide, he said.

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