Stanza 116


The officer in charge of camp supply
Then asked the base physician, "Should we fly
The private to Balad's facility?"
The surgeon answered, "I am sure that we
Can treat his cholera as well as they.
The victim dies, when fluids drain away,
So dehydration is what we must treat.
The body on its own will soon defeat
The cholera in the digestive tract.
The greater danger we should counteract
Requires that we get samples from each well
And test them to protect our personnel
Along with all the local villagers."
The S4 said, "If we are to reverse
The causes of the virulent disease
We can't delay 'til morning. When you please
To send your corpsmen we can coordinate
To take your samples and evaluate
The engineering system now in use
Before the sleeping people can refuse."