Several Florida-based Sailors and Marines who serve aboard the USS Fort McHenry have been diagnosed with an odd illness that has symptoms mimicking mumps.
The US Navy confirmed that 25 Sailors and Marines have come down with the sickness, between the dates of December 22 and March 9.
Several Marines who served on board were infected as well, and all ill personnel have been quarantined.
To prevent further spreading, the remaining crew have been given booster shots and the ship has been scrubbed down.
According to WOKV, the disease was later discovered to be parotitis, which is not to be confused with whatever makes perfectly sane people -known as “Parrot Heads”- like the music of Jimmy Buffet.
A Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship, the USS Fort McHenry is based out of Mayport, FL, and was commissioned in 1987. She can hold a large number of personnel, ferry helicopters and can even accommodate Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercrafts.
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