The outbreak happened on the USS Fort McHenry

Source: Rachel O’Donoghue

The outbreak happened on the USS Fort McHenry, a Whitby Island-Class dock landing ship that has more than 700 service members on board.

The ship and crew were originally put into isolation after symptoms of Parotitis appeared in December last year.

Around 25 sailors who caught the virus, which has similar symptoms to mumps, were treated by on-board medics and living areas were subjected to deep cleans.

Port calls were then cancelled, with the ship spending the next two months quarantined in the Persian Gulf while medical crews made sure the outbreak was fully under control.

Outbreak on board ship

A statement from the Fifth Fleet said: “None of the cases are life-threatening and all have either already made or are expected to make a full recovery.

“Fort McHenry’s operational schedule has been modified while the ship’s medical team monitors crew health to ensure the readiness of her Sailors and Marines.

“Out of an abundance of caution, all service-members aboard Fort McHenry have received measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) booster vaccinations.

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