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Colombian cadet dies after respiratory infection, 98 in isolation

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A teenage cadet has died, three others are hospitalized and nearly 100 are in isolation following a respiratory infection outbreak at a military school in Colombia, the Bogota mayor’s office said Monday.

Health authorities in the South American capital are warning of “an outbreak of severe acute respiratory infection, potentially due to influenza” at the General Jose Maria Cordova Military Cadet School.

Some 290 people have been exposed, with 101 presenting symptoms and 98 in isolation.

Three people are hospitalized, two of whom are in intensive care.

The Colombian army confirmed the outbreak and said measures including isolation protocols have been put in place “in order to prevent the spread.”

The mayor’s office said health authorities were continuing to track down cases.

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