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U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka officials announced Tuesday night the name of a servicemember who died of pneumonia last weekend.

Lt. Julian B. Ortiz II, 38, a Navy Nurse Corps officer with the U.S. Naval Reserve, died Saturday after a bout with pneumonia. Ortiz, who worked in the intensive care unit, was remembered in a memorial ceremony Tuesday at the hospital.

Hospital officials said Monday they were investigating whether Ortiz’s illness was linked to three other cases of pneumonia, all contracted in the prior two weeks. Those three patients have recovered, said base spokesman Bill Doughty.

The hospital, working with health agencies from Japan and the United States, is conducting tests to determine the origin of Ortiz’s illness, but officials don’t believe there is a public health risk and no new cases had developed Wednesday, Doughty said.

As a precaution, officials said, they are reminding anyone who develops a high fever and other respiratory symptoms to seek treatment at the hospital.

Ortiz’s death was the first from pneumonia of any patient treated at or transferred from the hospital in four years, officials said.


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