An approach to prevention of infectious diseases during military deployments

Clinton K. Murray*, Lynn L. Horvath

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The US military conducts missions that range from major ground combat operations to disaster and humanitarian relief efforts. A primary goal of military medical professionals is disease prevention, which can be made more difficult in the context of short preparation times and prolonged deployment duration. The military uses a 6-component approach to deployment medicine, emphasizing preparation, education, personal protective measures, vaccines, chemoprophylaxis, and surveillance in an attempt to prevent infectious diseases. Many of the components of military deployment medicine are applicable to civilian disaster relief and humanitarian missions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-430
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


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