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The 1-year-old daughter of a Gaeta sailor died Monday evening.

A Navy news release states that the girl possibly drowned. The sailor is part of Naval Support Activity Naples Detachment Gaeta.

According to the release, the wife of the sailor called base security about 6 p.m., stating that the girl was unconscious. Base security was dispatched to the family’s off-base house and an Italian ambulance took the girl to the nearby Formia hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Her death is under investigation by Italian authorities and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Army civilian becomes fifth case of meningitisA civilian employee assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden was hospitalized last week for pneumococcal pneumonia, which later developed into pneumococcal meningitis, according to an Army news release. The individual is on life support at a local hospital, the release stated.

It is the fifth case of meningitis among the U.S. military community in Germany this year.

Pneumococcal disease typically causes respiratory disease such as pneumonia, and it is rare for other cases to arise from contact with an infected patient, according to Lt. Col. William Corr, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center infectious disease consultant.

He stressed that the most recent case is not the same strain as the cases of meningococcus seen earlier this year in the vicinity of U.S. Army Garrison Franconia and in Spangdahlem, Germany. There is no known relationship between the cases, Corr stated in the release.

For more information, go to www.wiesbaden.army.mil, or call the Wiesbaden Health Clinic at DSN 337-1750/5392 or civ 0611-705-1750/5392.

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