The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center: Global Emerging Infections Surveillance & Response System, FY 2010
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center AFHSC was created to centralize Department of Defense DoD domestic and international healthcare surveillance efforts. The organization provides relevant, timely, actionable, and comprehensive health information and supports the military and military-associated populations. The Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System GEIS at AFHSC promotes national and international preparedness for emerging infections while maintaining its focus on protecting the health of all DoD health care beneficiaries. The surveillance programs of GEIS focus on five categories of infectious diseases respiratory infections RI with an emphasis on avian and pandemic influenza, gastrointestinal infections GI, febrile and vector-borne infections FVBI, antimicrobial resistance AR, and sexually transmitted infections STI. In an effort to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of surveillance activities and impose scientific rigor, GEIS initiated steering committees to serve as advisors in FY10. Another significant undertaking in 2010 was the integration of World Health Organization s WHO International Health Regulations IHR 2005 core capacities into all surveillance activities.
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