This site is designed to provide military entomologists with vital information when planning for deployment and executing their responsibilities while deployed.
Medical entomologists, as members of the PM team, work to minimize vector-borne threats before, during, and after deployments.
Soldiers deployed to combat operations, peacekeeping or humanitarian relief missions are subject to vector-borne diseases and pest threats that can:
- adversely affect their health
- compromise the mission success
Examples of arthropod-borne diseases during past deployments:
- Scrub typhus
Other potential hazards:
- biting and stinging arthropods (such as fire ants, spiders, and scorpions)
- can degrade mission readiness and combat effectiveness through distraction and physical and psychological impact
- can cause annoyance, itching, loss of sleep, and psychological stress
- may cause casualties and even death from secondary infections, myiasis, or allergic reactions to their venom
- animals (such as rodents, birds, bats, feral animals and snakes)
- poisonous and thorny plants (such as oak, sumac, and Acacia species); and pesticide exposure
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