Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR). Volume 8, Number 5, July 2002
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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In the United States, urinary tract infections UTIs are among the most common bacterial illnesses of young adults, especially among women. UTIs are relatively easy to diagnose and treat and with prompt and appropriate evaluation and treatment, UTIs are generally short-lived and mildly symptomatic. However, because they are so common and so often recurrent, UTIs are responsible for significant short-term disability and very high health care costs. A recent report estimated that in 1995 more than 11 million women in the US were treated with antibiotics for UTIs, and the costs of prescriptions were estimated as 1.6 billion. In 1997, UTIs accounted for approximately 8.3 million doctor visits and significant disability-related costs e.g., lost work. Women constitute a large and increasing proportion of the U.S. Armed Forces. However, there have not been population-based estimates of incidence rates or correlates of risk of UTI among military members. For this report, we calculated incidence rates of UTIs in demographic subgroups of active duty service members for the years 1998 through 2001.
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