A U.S. Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir, Virginia tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 7, the Pentagon said in a statement.
According to the statement, The Marine recently returned from overseas where he was on official business. He is currently being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
“The Secretary of Defense has been briefed and the White House has been notified”, added the statement.
This is the third confirmed case of coronavirus infection of a U.S. military service member.
The first case was reported in South Korea where a 23-year old male soldier, based at Camp Carroll near Daegu, was infected with the virus. A U.S. Navy sailor, stationed at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples in Italy, has also been tested positive for the disease.
Fox News has reported that a U.S. Army soldier deployed to Kuwait was being monitored for coronavirus after returning from a vacation in Italy.
“The soldier was tested for the virus and placed in isolation as a precautionary measure while officials wait for the results”, Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, was quoted as saying in the report.
“Those with whom the soldier has had recent contact have also been screened in accordance with the current guidance from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Urban added.