A harmless swarm of insects in the Iraq desert could cause the spread of infectious diseases among U.S. troops without anyone being aware of the danger. Many of the pathogens carried by the insects in tropical and desert areas, where our soldiers are on duty, can cause serious illness and long-term damage.
Several military medical organizations have been collaborating on a method of analyzing the insect life in an area to determine the presence of pathogens. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has spearheaded the development of a new device, the Arthropod Vector Rapid Diagnostic Device (AVRDD).
The AVRDD is a small device for use in the field that can analyze insects, such as mosquitoes, to determine if they’re carrying pathogenic organisms that could be spread to soldiers in that area. The device can detect diseases, such as malaria, West Nile virus, and Valley Fever virus, and provides results in less than 30 minutes. Field tests have been conducted in Thailand, Peru, Indonesia and Kenya and more kits are being developed for additional diseases.
When soldiers contract infectious diseases during deployment, it can be several days before they’re able to receive proper treatment. The longer it takes to treat these diseases, more long-term damage can be done and cause disability later in life. Veterans who were infected with a disease, during deployment due to insect pathogen exposure, may be able to qualify for veterans’ disability benefits if they now suffer serious medical ailments.
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