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March 29, 2017

CAMRIS Supports Scientific Biosurveillance and Research for NAMRU-3 Liberia

CAMRIS is pleased to be working with the Viral and Zoonotic Diseases Research Program at Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3) in Liberia. US Military forces are often exposed to infectious diseases when deployed overseas, particularly in tropical environments. The most common illnesses in tropical climates are Acute Febrile Illness (AFI) and Acute Infectious Neurological Disease (AIND), typically caused by arboviruses and Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses (HFV).

In tropical deployment zones, these illnesses are often undiagnosed, leading to decreased opportunity for treatment and making forces vulnerable to other disease threats such as Malaria. This project seeks to understand the true incidence of viral-associated AFI and AIND by studying the local community through laboratory-based hospital/clinic case surveillance with surveys of incidence within the community.

CAMRIS will hire experts to support NAMRU-3’s mission to define risk for US Military Forces and government employees deployed to both Liberia and similar tropical environments as well as improve public health knowledge. The data products from this project will be utilized to characterize the pathogens responsible for causing hard-to-diagnose human AFI cases in a region and AIND that currently contains no such incidence estimates and has been ravaged by civil war and the 2014-2015 Ebola Virus Epidemic.