Thirty-five IDF officers' course cadets have contracted the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, Ynet reported Thursday.
The soldiers were taking part in an educational seminar in Har Gilo when they began to complain of cough accompanied by fever and general fatigue – all symptoms of the virus. A quick examination determined that the troops had contracted swine flu. Their condition is reported as mild.
"In light of the soldiers' complaints, the army's chief medical officer ordered immediate tests to determine the source of the disease. Expert military physicians, along with doctors from Hadassah Ein Kerem and Bikur Holim hospitals, examined all of the soldiers," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.
The soldiers did not require hospitalization, but the IDF's chief medical officer instructed the medical staff at Bahad 1 – the base where the officers' course is held – to continue inoculating soldiers as a preemptive measure.
A 33-year-old man who had contracted swine flu died over the weekend.
Data show that the number of swine flu cases in Israel has decreased in 2010.