A US warship has essentially been quarantined at sea for over two months, say the US Navy.
US media have been reporting that affected sailors on the USS Fort McHenry were quarantined while symptomatic. They were treated in the ship’s medical facilities and spaces were cleaned and disinfected.
The cause is believed to be a viral infection that has symptoms similar to mumps.
“All service members on board also received booster vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella, as a precaution.”
It is understood that the initial case was detected on December 22nd and there have been no active cases since February 27th.
The US Navy also say the ship’s operational schedule has been modified while crew health is being monitored.
In January, the ship transited from the Mediterranean Sea through the Dardanelles Strait and entered the Black Sea, later visiting the Romanian port of Constanța, a major base for the Romanian Navy.
The ship was part of the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and was carrying the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
USS Fort McHenry is a Whidbey Island class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. She was named for Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland, the 1814 defence of which inspired The Star-Spangled Banner.