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USS Iwo Jima crew battled swine flu on return to Norfolk

49 sailors and Marines came down with H1N1 during the trip from New York; 16 remain in the medical ward and weren't allowed off the ship when she docked Friday morning.

NORFOLK -- USS Iwo Jima returned to Naval Station Norfolk with a crew that's has been battling H1N1 swine flu.

Video: USS Iwo Jima crew battled H1N1 on return to Norfolk

When she arrived at her pier around 9:30 a.m. Friday, 16 sailors and Marines were still in the medical ward and weren't allowed to leave the ship, said Capt. Jeff Amick, USS Iwo Jima's commanding officer.

The amphibious assault ship was in New York for Fleet Week 2009 and left May 28. During the return home, more than two dozen sailors and Marines came down with the virus.

Most of them returned to duty during the trip to Norfolk, but others were getting sick.

In all, there have been 49 confirmed H1N1 cases. All but 16 have recovered.

Nationally, there are nearly 18,000 probable and confirmed cases, according to numbers released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control.