The Department of Defense is playing a critical role in assisting with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As part of its efforts, the U.S. has begun deploying an estimated 3,000 troops to provide command and control, medical, engineering, and logistics support to the Ebola control effort. A military command center has been established in Monrovia, Liberia. AFHSC developed DoD guidelines for detecting and reporting cases of Ebola.
Navy Commander Dr. David Brett-Major of the Global Capacities Alert and Response department of the World Health Organization (WHO) that led the team of experts to successfully treat and discharge the first Nigerian Ebola Virus disease (EVD) survivor insists that usual patient care for any severely ill patient was the practice for all patients at the EVD care center.
The Department of Defense is watching the outbreak of chikungunya, once considered a disease of developing countries in African and Asia. Then last December, it reached the island of St. Martin, and has now caused hundreds of thousands of cases in the Caribbean. The first four locally acquired cases in the United States were reported in Florida in July. AFHSC developed this guide for the Department of Defense for detecting and reporting DoD cases of chikungunya.
The Department of Defense is monitoring Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus (MERS-CoV) to protect U.S. service members and those of our allies, recognizing that adequate global public health provides for country level and regional stability critical to U.S. national security. AFHSC developed this guide for the Department of Defense for detecting and reporting DoD cases of MERS-CoV (as of 18 September 2014).