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The Force Readiness and Health Assurance (FR&HA) and Medical Countermeasures (MCM) divisions of Health Readiness Policy & Oversight help carry out and advocate the use of Health Surveillance activities within the Department of Defense. These initiatives provide early warning of infectious disease outbreaks, hazardous environmental exposures, or possible bioterrorist attacks by spotting trends of public health importance. The Director of Global Health Surveillance is responsible for supporting the collection and generation of reports that cover diseases, injury, occupational / environmental health, mortality, and outbreaks.

Check out our Environmental Exposures page to learn more on CB agents and deployment-related exposure incidents and trends.

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Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch funds studies on Zika virus

Article
5/13/2016
A mosquito habitat managed at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) laboratory in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch is allocating funding to several Department of Defense laboratories in the United States and overseas to conduct additional research and surveillance on the Zika virus.

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Edgewood Arsenal Chemical Agent Exposure Studies

Report
5/8/2015

Edgewood Arsenal has been the center of chemical warfare research and development since 1918. Therefore, it is not surprising that Edgewood Arsenal became the research hub for chemical agent testing on human subjects from 1955 through 1975. The great majority of the use of volunteers in medical (chemical) research occurred at this installation.

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Field Testing of Hallucinogenic Agents

Report
5/8/2015

Hallucinogenic agents (principally LSD) were tested on human subjects primarily at Edgewood Arsenal. The aim of this experimentation was to determine the effects of these chemicals on the nervous systems and mental functions of individuals and to evaluate preventive and therapeutic (treatment) agents to combat these effects.

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Human Subject Research at Fort Detrick

Report
5/8/2015

The U.S. Army established its offensive Biological Warfare program at Fort Detrick in 1943. The purpose of the program was twofold: develop defensive mechanisms against biological attack and develop weapons with which the United States could respond “in kind” if attacked by an enemy who used biological weapons.

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Mustard Disaster at Bari

Report
5/8/2015

Bari lies along the Adriatic Sea at the top of the heel of the boot of Italy (See Figure 1). During World War II, the port of Bari was under the jurisdiction of the British and was the main supply base for General Montgomery’s Eighth Army as well as the headquarters for the American Fifteenth Air Force which was activated in November 1943.

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Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee Update

Presentation
11/1/2010

Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee Update briefing presented to the Defense Health Board Nov. 1, 2010

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Theater Air Monitoring Plan and Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Burn Pit Exposure

Presentation
8/18/2010

Theater Air Monitoring Plan and Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Burn Pit Exposure briefing presented to the Defense Health Board Aug. 18, 2010

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Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee

Presentation
6/8/2010

Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee briefing presented to the Defense Health Board June 8, 2010

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Military Occupational Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee

Presentation
3/1/2010

Military Occupational Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee briefing presented to the Defense Health Board March 1, 2010

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Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee Update

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11/13/2009

Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee Update presented to the Defense Health Board Nov. 13, 2009

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Suicide Prevention Valuable Information Learned from Army Surveillance and Research

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10/1/2009

Suicide Prevention Valuable Information Learned from Army Surveillance and Research presented to the Defense Health Board Oct. 1, 2009

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Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee Update

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12/15/2008

Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee Update presented to the Defense Health Board Dec. 15, 2008

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Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee Update

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11/20/2008

Military Occupational Environmental Health and Medical Surveillance Subcommittee Update presented to the Defense Health Board Nov. 20, 2008

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Policy on Worldwide Use of the Theater Medical Information Program-Joint

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The purpose of this memorandum is to formally document policy on the use of the approved deployed electronic health record system, the Theater Medical Information Program-Joint (TMIP-J).

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Update

Presentation
4/24/2008

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Update presented to the Defense Health Board April 23, 2008

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