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Navy Preventive Medicine Teams Embark Ships in 7th Fleet

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) — Members of Navy Forward-Deployed Preventive Medicine Units

(FDPMU) and Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) embarked several 7th Fleet

ships March 14 to help combat the risk of and provide laboratory batch

testing for COVID-19 onboard the ships.

Teams are embarked on the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), the

aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and the U.S. 7th Fleet

flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and have the ability to batch test Sailors

onboard who present with influenza-like illness symptoms, instead of only

sending samples to be tested ashore.

This capability provides early-warning surveillance for the medical teams to

be able to identify if a COVID-19 case is onboard a ship, but does not

individually diagnose Sailors. If a batch were to test positive for

COVID-19, the medical teams would take additional

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