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Health Readiness

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for all medically related Department of Defense policies, programs, and activities. The office is responsible for deployment medicine, force health protection, medical readiness, international health agreements, deployment related health policy, theater information systems, humanitarian and health missions, and national disaster support.

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Zika in the Americas: May 17, 2017

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5/17/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Zika in the Americas as of May 14, 2017. As of 1300 on 17 MAY, there have been 174 (+1) confirmed Zika virus (ZIKV) disease cases (see table) since the first case was reported in JAN 2016.

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H7N9: May 10, 2017

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5/10/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Surveillance #75: May 10, 2017, as reported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. As of 10 MAY, the total influenza A (H7N9) human case count since the fifth seasonal epidemic of H7N9 began on 1 OCT 2016 is 829 (+46) cases with at least 226 (+13) deaths. Read more:

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Global Influenza Summary: May 7, 2017

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5/7/2017

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H7N9: April 26, 2017

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4/26/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Surveillance #74: April 26, 2017, as reported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. As of 26 APR, the total influenza A (H7N9) human case count since the fifth seasonal epidemic of H7N9 began on 1 OCT 2016 is 783 ( +53) cases with at least 213 (+5) deaths. Read more:

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Zika in the Americas: April 19, 2017

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4/19/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Zika in the Americas as of April 19, 2017. As of 1300 on 19 APR, there have been 173 (+2) confirmed Zika virus (ZIKV) disease cases (see table) since the first case was reported in JAN 2016.

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Nutrition centers improve health readiness

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4/19/2017
Patient care is at the core of multi-service market nutrition centers. These centers provide a range of services to meet individual patient needs within the military health community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes.)

Nutrition centers at MTFs, especially in large multi-service markets like National Capital Region, benefit patients by providing a variety of services; dietitians at these centers contribute to health readiness in many ways, such as teaching classes, providing training, and carefully preparing patient meals

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Global Influenza Summary: April 16, 2017

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4/16/2017

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H7N9: April 12, 2017

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4/12/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Surveillance #73: April 12, 2017, as reported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. As of 12 APR, the total influenza A (H7N9) human case count since the fifth seasonal epidemic of H7N9 began on 1 OCT 2016 is 730 (+74) cases with at least 208 deaths. Read more:

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USNS Mercy: Deployable Medical Center

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4/11/2017
U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners explain the mission of the USNS Mercy and its capabilities.

U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners explain the mission of the USNS Mercy and its capabilities.

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‘Always On Call’ Active-Duty, Reserve medevac teams train together

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4/10/2017
Air Force Capt. Erik Spiess, 349th Aeromedical Evacuations Squadron flight nurse (left), and Air Force Master Sgt. Rard Perkins, 911th Operations Group aircrew trainer, hand off a patient to members of the 60th Inpatient Squadron to secure on an ambulance bus for delivery to David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, California. Members of the 60th IPTS participated in the Air Force Reserve exercise Patriot Delta, providing enroute patient care and staging the medical manikins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)

Airmen participated in Patriot Delta, an Air Force Reserve Command exercise designed for aeromedical evacuation squadrons

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Global Influenza Summary: April 9, 2017

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4/9/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of respiratory highlights during 9 - 22 April 2017 ( surveillance weeks 15 & 16), as reported by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. A total of 192 specimens were collected and received from 38 locations. Results were finalized for 181 specimens from 37 locations. Read more:

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Chinn to Navy League: Innovations key to medically ready force, ready medical force

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4/7/2017
Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, talked about battlefield medicine innovations as Rear Adm. Stephen Pachuta, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps watched, during a combat survivability panel at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C. Others on the panel (not pictured)included Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Forrest Faison; Rear Adm. Cathal O’Connor, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE; and Rear Adm. Tina Davidson, director Medical Resources, Plans, and Policy at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine.

Innovations in battlefield medicine are helping raise survival rates for those injured in combat to the highest levels in the history of warfare. Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, spoke about that at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of ...

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Blue-light-blocking lenses a potential breakthrough for warfighters

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4/7/2017
Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, are illuminated by the glow of the blue light from their computer screens. Blue light blocks the brain's production of melatonin, an important chemical that helps people sleep. New lenses developed by the Navy are designed to be worn for a couple of hours before bedtime and will block the blue light, allowing warfighters to get better sleep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

New tinting for glasses could help service members get more sleep.

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Zika in the Americas: April 5, 2017

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4/5/2017

This is a biosurveillance summary of Zika in the Americas as of April 5, 2017. Weekly incidence among Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries has decreased significantly since its peak during the week ending 30 JUL 2016.

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Military exercise provides medical care to Kodiak Island residents

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4/3/2017
Air Force Senior Airman Lauren Scheonore (right), 147th Medical Group, Texas Air National Guard and Air Force Staff Sgt. Keith Wuetig (left),with 434th Aerospace Medical Squadron, Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, train on how to properly use a retinal scanner before seeing patients during Arctic Care 2017 in Kodiak, Alaska. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson)

Arctic Care 2017 is an Office of the Secretary of Defense-sponsored, Air Force Reserve Command-led training event

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