Optimizing Preventive Strategies and Malaria Diagnostics to Reduce the Impact of Malaria on US Military Forces
Summary rept. 30-31 May 2012
ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER SILVER SPRING MD
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Despite the availability of effective prevention measures and a long organizational history of fighting the disease, malaria remains a threat to U.S. forces and their operations.1 These effective prevention practices and protective measures are not uniformly implemented to avert disease in the DoD. The Medical Surveillance Monthly Report documents the ever-increasing number of malaria cases acquired in Afghanistan- 91 cases in 2011 -the greatest number in the last nine years.2 Malaria consistently ranks as the most important infectious disease threat to the U.S. military3 and is a significant force health protection FHP issue before, during and after deployments. This stakeholder forum addressed topics of particular relevance to the DoD and force health protection, to include primaquine chemo-prophylaxis, clinical decision support tools and knowledge management, and malaria rapid dia-gnostic tests RDTs. The forum also included a comprehensive recap of the progress made since last years forum, including updates of the current DoD chemoprophylaxis policy, malaria clinical practice guidelines, and current efforts to ensure PPM compliance in troops.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics