This site is designed to provide military entomologists with information vital to them when planning for deployment and executing their responsibilities while deployed.
The role of the Army entomologist is to protect Soldiers, materials, and facilities from the detrimental effects of insect, animal, and plant pests. During a deployment, this broad mission becomes focused on issues that affect the health of the Soldiers and their ability to accomplish their mission. The primary concern is vector-borne disease, or those diseases that are carried by arthropods (such as, mosquitoes, ticks and mites). These vector-borne diseases have posed a significant threat to military forces throughout history and have been a consistent focus of military preventive medicine. The Army entomologist is also called upon to protect Soldiers from zoonotic diseases (such as leptospirosis, plague, rabies, Lyme disease and hantavirus) carried by vertebrate pests.
In addition to vector-borne and zoonotic disease, entomological hazards during a deployment also include those hazards associated with biting and stinging arthropods (such as, fire ants, spiders, and scorpions); animals (such as, rodents, birds, bats, and snakes); poisonous plants (such as, oak, and sumac); and pesticide exposure. Biting and stinging arthropods can degrade mission readiness and combat effectiveness through distraction and physical and psychological impact. These arthropods can cause casualties from secondary infections and even death from allergic reactions to their venom. As well as potential annoyance from high populations of pests, itching, loss of sleep, and psychological stress.
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