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Reportable Medical Events, Military Health System Facilities, Week 35, Ending September 2, 2023

Image of MSMR vol 30 no 10 RMEs. Reportable Medical Events are documented in the Disease Reporting System internet by health care providers and public health officials throughout the Military Health System.

Reportable Medical Events are documented in the Disease Reporting System internet by health care providers and public health officials throughout the Military Health System to monitor, control, and prevent the occurrence and spread of diseases of public health interest or readiness importance. These reports are reviewed by each service’s public health surveillance hub. The DRSi collects reports on over 70 different RMEs, including infectious and non-infectious conditions, outbreak reports, STI risk surveys, and tuberculosis contact investigation reports. A complete list of RMEs is available in the 2022 Armed Forces Reportable Medical Events Guidelines and Case Definitions.1 Data reported in these tables are considered provisional and do not represent conclusive evidence until case reports are fully validated. 

Click on the table to access a 508-compliant PDF version.

Total active component cases reported per week are displayed for the top five RMEs for the previous year. Each month, the graph is updated with the five most frequently occurring RMEs, to present the most recent month’s (August 2023) five most frequent RMEs, which may differ from previous months. COVID-19 is excluded from these graphs due to changes in reporting and case definition updates in 2023. 

This graph of 5 lines on the x-, or horizontal, axis depicts case counts for the 5 most frequent reportable medical event conditions among active component service members during the past 52 weeks. Chlamydia remains the most common reportable medical condition, with counts of approximately 300 cases per week. Gonorrhea is generally the second-most common reported condition, averaging approximately 80 cases per week, but in week 26 of 2023 it was surpassed by heat illness, which outnumbered gonorrhea cases for the last 8 of 9 weeks, but declined to the same number gonorrhea cases by the end of week 35. Campylobacteriosis cases rose briefly at the end of week 34 to become the fourth-most common reported condition, but then declined markedly in week 35, ultimately registering fewer cases than syphilis, which declined gradually for two weeks after week 33 to a new low at the end of week 35, with just under 10 reported cases.

For questions about this report, please contact the Disease Epidemiology Branch at the Defense Centers for Public Health–Aberdeen, email: dha.apg.pub-health-a.mbx.disease-epidemiologyprogram13@health.mil

Author Affiliations

Defense Centers for Public Health–Aberdeen, Disease Epidemiology Branch

References

  1. Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division. Armed Forces Reportable Medical Events. Accessed Sept. 6, 2023. https://health.mil/Reference-Center/Publications/2022/11/01/Armed-Forces-Reportable-Medical-Events-Guidelines
  2. Defense Manpower Data Center. Department of Defense Active Duty Military Personnel by Rank/Grade of Service, October 31, 2022. https://dwp.dmdc.osd.mil/dwp/app/dod-data-reports/workforce-reports
  3. Defense Manpower Data Center. Armed Forces Strength Figures for January 31, 2023. https://dwp.dmdc.osd.mil/dwp/app/dod-data-reports/workforce-reports
  4. Navy Medicine. Surveillance and Reporting Tools—DRSI: Disease Reporting System Internet. https://www.med.navy.mil/Navy-Marine-Corps-Public-Health-Center/Preventive-Medicine/Program-and-Policy-Support/Disease-Surveillance/DRSI

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