Accession Number : ADA502864
Title : 2008: A Year of Transition. DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System
Descriptive Note : Annual rept.
Corporate Author : ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
Report Date : Apr 2009
Pagination or Media Count : 103
Abstract : On 26 February 2008, the Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (DoD-GEIS) became a core component of the newly formed Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC). Now known as the GEIS Operations Division of the AFHSC, GEIS joins the Defense Medical Surveillance System and the DoD Serum Repository as part of this larger and more diverse and capable organization serving the DoD. In addition, a new director assumed leadership of DoD-GEIS on 14 July 2008. Within this new organizational framework, the worldwide partnership that is GEIS continued to promote and facilitate national and international preparedness for emerging infections while maintaining its focus on protecting the health of all DoD health care beneficiaries. GEIS continued to promote, expand, and execute its strategic goals of surveillance and detection, response and readiness, integration and innovation, and cooperation and capacity building. Five categories of infectious diseases and associated clinical states remained the GEIS priority surveillance pillars: respiratory diseases, especially influenza; gastroenteritis syndromes; febrile illness syndromes, especially dengue and malaria; antimicrobial resistance; and sexually transmitted infections. Efforts by the DoD-GEIS partnership in respiratory infections were many during FY08. The respiratory disease surveillance program at military training centers provided invaluable information on the extent and severity of morbidity, the specific infectious agents responsible, and influenza vaccine effectiveness. In response to the availability of a new generation of meningococcal vaccines and the changing nature of the global epidemiology of meningococcal disease, a military laboratory-based meningococcal surveillance program got underway.
Descriptors : *GLOBAL , *MEDICAL LABORATORIES , *SURVEILLANCE , *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , *MEDICAL SERVICES , *INFECTIOUS DISEASES , *MILITARY MEDICINE , AVAILABILITY , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , ILLNESS , DENGUE , MILITARY TRAINING , INTERNATIONAL , MALARIA , GASTROENTERITIS , NEISSERIA MENINGITIDIS , BLOOD BANKS , MEDICAL RESEARCH , ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS , NATIONAL DEFENSE , EPIDEMIOLOGY , FEVERS , INFLUENZA , VACCINES , RESPIRATORY DISEASES , SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS , RESISTANCE , LEADERSHIP , DETECTION , BIOLOGICAL AGENTS , MENINGITIS , RESPONSE
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE