Tag Archives: mosquitoes

Controlling a Formidable Adversary: Disease-Transmitting Aedes Mosquitoes

By Lt. Cmdr. James Dunford, entomologist, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Prevention of mosquito-borne diseases plays an important role in the success of military operations. Re-emerging and emerging infectious diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus are becoming increasingly more common in the Western Hemisphere. The primary vectors implicated in the spread of these viruses, Aedes aegypti (yellow …

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What is More Frightening than a Great White Shark?

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Luke Peet, preventive medicine technician, Directorate for Public Health, USNS COMFORT (TAH-20) Over the years there have been numerous films and documentaries on the great white shark.  This feeding frenzy of fear roughly began in the 1970’s, when Peter Benchley’s book “Jaws” was brought to life on the silver screen. Those frightful images and depictions of the …

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Fair Winds and Following SMEE’s

By Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (EXW) Lazara Y. Medina, Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT), assigned to the Department of Public Health for Continuing Promise 2015 Editors Note: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Medina is responsible for force health protection and public health education. One of the questions I am asked frequently is “What exactly is it that you do”? The best answer I have learned …

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