Journal Article

An Approach to Prevention of Infectious Diseases during Military Deployments

Clinton K. Murray, Lynn L. Horvath, Charles D. Ericsson and Christoph Hatz

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 44, issue 3, pages 424-430
Published in print February 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/510680
An Approach to Prevention of Infectious Diseases during Military Deployments

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The US military conducts missions that range from major ground combat operations to disaster and humanitarian relief efforts. A primary goal of military medical professionals is disease prevention, which can be made more difficult in the context of short preparation times and prolonged deployment duration. The military uses a 6-component approach to deployment medicine, emphasizing preparation, education, personal protective measures, vaccines, chemoprophylaxis, and surveillance in an attempt to prevent infectious diseases. Many of the components of military deployment medicine are applicable to civilian disaster relief and humanitarian missions.

Journal Article.  4099 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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