Recently, 11 soldiers at the Fort Bliss base in Texas, USA, became unwell during a field training and were subsequently sent to hospital for treatment. A spokesperson for the base confirmed on the 29th that the 11 soldiers drank antifreeze, and they mistaken the deadly substance for an alcoholic beverage.
According to reports from the US Stars and Stripes and USA Today on the 29th, the First Armored Division of the US Army and Fort Bliss Public Affairs Officer Payne stated that these soldiers were unwell on the last day of the 10-day exercise. The initial report indicated that the soldiers mistakenly drank the antifreeze as an alcoholic beverage. "What happened on the day the soldiers ingested this substance is currently under investigation." Payne also mentioned that military personnel are prohibited from drinking alcohol during training or on duty. These soldiers belong to the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
On the afternoon of the 28th, these soldiers fell ill and were taken to the hospital. More than 24 hours after the incident, there are still 2 people in the intensive care unit (ICU) due to their serious illness, but up to 4 soldiers are expected to be discharged on the evening of the 29th. Scully, the hospital’s deputy commander in charge of medical services, said that antifreeze is also called ethylene glycol, which is dangerous even in small amounts. It can cause kidney failure immediately, and large doses can cause organ failure. Other symptoms include nausea, agitation, and confusion.
The New York Times pointed out that the Fort Bliss base has recently encountered a series of unfortunate incidents, including several deaths in recent weeks. At the beginning of this year, a soldier was found dead in a barracks. She just reported that she was killed a few months ago.