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- A viral infection similar to mumps has quarantined for two months the USS Fort McHenry, a ship of the US Navy that was in the Persian Gulf, as reported by CNN .
- So far, 25 of the 700 crew members have been diagnosed with mumps.
- “None of the cases is extremely serious, so it is expected that all patients diagnosed recover soon,” says the US Fifth Fleet in a statement sent to Business Insider .
A mumps-like infection has quarantined for two months the USS Fort McHenry , a ship of the US Navy that was in the Persian Gulf, as reported by CNN . Specifically, the crew members have been diagnosed with mumps, a viral disease .
So far, 25 people have been treated to try to alleviate the symptoms of this disease since last December. The patients are currently quarantined inside the boat in clean and disinfected areas.
No military has been evacuated so far, but it is strange that US Navy ships do not approach any port for two months, as CNN points out . None of the cases is extremely serious, so it is expected that all patients diagnosed recover soon, “says the US Fifth Fleet in a statement sent to Business Insider Since the first case was detected last December, 24 of the 25 patients have returned to their usual tasks.
The US Navy has informed the Business Insider that, in effect, docking in ports has been canceled until the situation is under control. In addition, to prevent any kind of massive contagion, the 700 crew members will be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella.
The Mumps is an parotitis due to an infection caused by a virus which causes the salivary glands to swell, so it is possible that both sides of the face swell – is typical when suffering from mumps, a disease that It can be prevented through a vaccine.
Fort McHenry, which carries elements from the Navy’s 22nd Expedition Unit, is currently operating in the Persian Gulf. A military medical team specialized in preventive care will travel especially to the ship to take care of the health of the crew.
A spokesman for the US Navy UU has pointed out to Business Insider that the ship is like a university dormitory or a changing room, in which people live in close proximity, so diseases among the crew spread with relative ease – although he recognizes that this situation is somewhat unusual Of course, he wanted to emphasize that the situation is under control.
As only a small group of people have been affected by the virus , the routines have been carried out with a slight modification of the schedules.