The Pentagon is taking extra precautions to guard U.S. service members against the virus called COVID-19, or coronavirus, during the Cobra Gold 2020 exercise in Southeast Asia, which began this week, according to a report.
Stars and Stripes reports that additional medical personnel and supplies were sent to protect troops from the coronavirus, which has raised alarm across the globe as it continues to spread.
Cobra Gold 2020, one of the largest multinational exercises in the Indo-Pacific region, began Tuesday in Thailand, where there have been a reported 35 cases of the virus as of Sunday.
This will be the 39th iteration of Cobra Gold, which will include personnel from 29 countries and activities such as disaster relief exercises and amphibious assaults.
The United States is sending 5,500 service members, according to the report.
Ever since the coronavirus first emerged in the city of Wuhan in China back in December, it has spread at an alarming rate, leading the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency.
The disease, which has symptoms similar to the flu, has killed an estimated 2,400 people in China.