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.
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.
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