Navy Cancels Ship Deployment Due To H1N1 Flu

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A case of a crew member coming down with H1N1 flu has prompted the Navy to cancel the deployment of one of its ships.

A Navy spokesman says there were also about 50 suspected cases of the virus among crew members aboard the USS Dubuque. He says the crew member with the virus and those suspected of being ill from it have completed treatment with the anti-viral drug Tamiflu and are recovering.

Other crew members received preventive treatment.

The spokesman says the ship's deployment was canceled out of an "abundance of caution." The ship was scheduled to leave June 1 on a humanitarian mission to the South Pacific for assistance on projects such as medical and construction operations.

The Navy is exploring options to still meet its commitments.

The USS Dubuque, an amphibious transport dock ship, is now being cleaned and disinfected at the naval base in San Diego.

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