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Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) Surveillance

Service members often live and work in close quarters and deploy to underdeveloped regions of the world where they may be exposed to contagious pathogens that cause AGE, compromising their health and degrading operational readiness. Situational awareness of AGE morbidity and outbreaks is key to protecting and maintaining operational readiness and force health protection.

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Background

Service members often live and work in close quarters and deploy to underdeveloped regions of the world where they may be exposed to contagious pathogens that cause acute gastroenteritis (AGE), compromising their health and degrading operational readiness. Situational awareness of AGE morbidity and outbreaks is key to protecting and maintaining operational readiness and force health protection.

Value

    We conduct population-based surveillance among military trainees at U.S. armed forces basic training centers for AGE, focusing on norovirus infection, to provide actionable surveillance data to military line and medical leaders and research partners. The work done by our AGE Surveillance team enables early detection of enteric disease outbreaks, allowing military leaders and medical professionals to take action to prevent or contain outbreaks and protect the health of our armed forces.

Goals

  • Understand the impact of AGE through surveillance efforts, including loss of personnel and training hours, and loss of fiscal resources.
  • Serve as an early warning system for enteric disease outbreaks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research

  • Management of global traveler’s diarrhea (GTD)
  • Collection and testing of specimen samples from recruit training sites
  • Enteric bacterial antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Capabilities

  • Publish quarterly updates with rates and etiologies for respiratory pathogens
  • Culture and characterize pathogens such as, norovirus, salmonella, shigella, campylobacter jejuni, escherichia coli
  • Further characterization of identified pathogens through functional and genetic assays, including Whole Genome Sequencing
Research