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Outbreak Support

Our Operational Infectious Diseases researchers help protect service members who deploy around the globe from disease outbreaks and exposure to emerging infectious diseases by conducting ongoing surveillance and providing laboratory support for outbreaks.

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Background

Global deployments to underdeveloped regions of the world may expose service members to emerging infectious diseases and other contagions. Ongoing surveillance for dangerous pathogens is vital to protect the health and readiness of U.S. service members.

Value

    Our Operational Infectious Diseases team conducts surveillance to enhance situational awareness and provides laboratory and epidemiological research support to identify and characterize emerging infectious diseases to preserve operational readiness and force health protection.

Goals

  • Conduct surveillance for vector-borne diseases
  • Monitor military basic trainees for group A streptococcus
  • Conduct surveillance for meningitis among Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries
  • Conduct serologic studies
  • Provide laboratory and epidemiologic support for disease outbreaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capabilities

  • Provide surveillance for vector-borne diseases, such as dengue, chikunguna, and Zika virus in high risk areas along the U.S.-Mexico border.


  • Research

    • Assessing carriage rates of Neisseria meningititis in the recruit trainee population
    • Looking at the connection between the Varicella vaccine and shingles onset
    Research