Accession Number:

ADA535372

Title:

A Prospective Study of Acute Diarrhea in a Cohort of United States Military Personnel on Deployment to the Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT NO 3 CAIRO (EGYPT) DEPT OF MEDICAL ZOOLOGY

Report Date:

2011-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

To better understand the epidemiology of diarrhea in deployed personnel to the Middle East, a prospective cohort study of travelers diarrhea TD was conducted between May 2004 and January 2005 at the Multinational Force and Observers MFO camp in the southern Sinai. A baseline entry questionnaire and stool specimen was provided on study entry, and volunteers were followed every 6 weeks. Of 211 volunteers, 145 68.7 completed one or more followup visits. In total, 416 follow-up surveys were completed, which described an overall incidence of 25.2 episodes per 100 person months 95 confidence interval 21.2-30.0. Additionally, stools were collected in 72 of 77 diarrhea-associated clinic visits, with bacterial pathogens most commonly isolated enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli in 30 42 samples and Campylobacter jejuni in 7 10 samples Despite modern preventive methods, diarrhea is still a common problem for deployed US military personnel in Egypt, frequently resulting in diminished ability to work.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE