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U.S. Navy Suspends Departure Of Aid Ship Over Swine Flu

General News RTT NEWS 5/6/2009 4:34 PM ET

(RTTNews) - U.S. navy on Wednesday suspended the departure of a naval vessel to the South Pacific on an aid mission after a sailor on the vessel was diagnosed with swine flu. The navy said that it had suspended the departure of California-based USS Dubuque after 50 others on board the vessel showed signs of swine flu infection. It added that other options, including the assigning a different ship to the mission, were being explored.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the navy said that the mission would go ahead at a later date, adding that the USS Dubuque would no longer be involved in the mission. He also said that the infected sailor and others suspected of swine flu infection are being treated with anti-viral medication. The Dubuque, which was to be the only ship on the mission, was set to leave June 1 on a humanitarian mission to Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Tonga as part of a program called Pacific Partnership.

by RTT Staff Writer

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