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Old 03-14-2019, 06:23 AM
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Unhappy US warship has been quarantined at sea for TWO MONTHS due to virus outbreak

US warship has been quarantined at sea for TWO MONTHS due to virus outbreak
By: CHIARA FIORILLO FOR MAILONLINE / UPDATED: 07:12 EDT, 14 March 2019
RE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-outbreak.html

- The USS Fort McHenry is currently operating in the Persian Gulf, in Middle East

- 25 sailors and marines aboard the warship have been diagnosed with parotitis

- The first case broke out in December and the last one was reported on March 9

A US warship has been quarantined at sea for two months due to a virus outbreak.

Of the 703 sailors and marines aboard the USS Fort McHenry, 25 have been diagnosed with parotitis, a viral infection similar to mumps, according to US military officials.

The ship is currently operating in the Persian Gulf in the Middle East.

The virus broke out in December and the most recent case was reported on March 9.

Photo link: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/03...2551417183.jpg
The USS Fort McHenry warship (pictured) is currently operating in the Persian Gulf/

The patients were quarantined and treated in the ship's medical facility after the parotitis spread across the ship.

Communal spaces and living areas were also disinfected.

'None of the cases are life-threatening and all have either already made or are expected to make a full recovery,' the Fifth Fleet told CNN.

None of the crew members had to leave the ship after the virus spread.

The Fifth Fleet also said that all the military personnel aboard the USS Fort McHenry have received measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations.

Parotitis is an inflammation of the parotid glands, located between the ear and jaw.

It can be a consequence of mumps, which can be prevented by vaccination.

Photo link: https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/03...2551530769.jpg
The ship has been quarantined at sea for two months due to an outbreak of parotitis, a viral infection similar to mumps, which broke out in December last year.

A military official said that when a major disease breaks out, it could be decided to halt port visits until 30 days after the last reported illness, due to incubation periods.

The US warship made a port call in early January in Romania before travelling back to the Mediterranean and heading towards the Middle East, where it is currently quarantined.

Officials are currently considering whether it would be safe to make a port call.

Since the first case broke out in December, 24 of the 25 patients have returned to duty.

Mail Online has contacted the US Navy for comment.
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