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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 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
  • Conduct serologic studies
  • Provide laboratory and epidemiological support for disease outbreaks

CAPABILITIES

  • Surveillance for respiratory and enteric diseases among Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiary, recruit, and U.S.–Mexico border populations
  • Further pathogen characterization, including whole-genome sequencing for specific pathogens
  • Epidemiological support
  • Real-time surveillance
  • Pre-syndromic surveillance

RESEARCH

  • Influenza A outbreak breakthrough: sequencing analysis approach
  • Marine seal enteric cases related to environmental exposures

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