Accession Number : ADA268438


Title :   Diarrheal and Respiratory Disease Aboard the Hospital Ship USNS MERCY T- AH 19, during Operation Desert Shield


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


Corporate Author : NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD


Personal Author(s) : Paparello, Scott F ; Garst, Paul ; Bourgeois, August L ; Hyams, Kenneth C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a268438.pdf


Report Date : Jun 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 6


Abstract : Diarrhea and respiratory disease were common problems among ground troops deployed to the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield. In order to determine the prevalence and impact of diarrheal and upper respiratory disease among shipboard personnel during this period, an epidemiologic survey was conducted on the hospital ship, USNS Mercy T-AH 19. An episode of acute diarrhea was reported by 46% of the surveyed population, and 79% reported upper respiratory symptoms. Six percent of personnel were temporarily unable to perform scheduled duties due to gastrointestional symptoms and 7% due to respiratory symptoms. Officers were at increased risk of experiencing an episode of diarrhea, and female crew members more often reported respiratory complaints. Improved strategies to prevent diarrhea and respiratory disease among shipboard personnel are needed


Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *DIARRHEA , *RESPIRATORY DISEASES , REPRINTS , RATES , HOSPITALIZATIONS , MEDICAL RESEARCH , INFECTIOUS DISEASES , SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS , SURVEYS


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE