Tag Archives: NAMRU-6

The War Against Infectious Diseases

By Capt. David B. Service, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (Lima, Peru) (There comes a time at the end of every Naval Officer’s military career to hang up the uniform and start a new chapter in life.  For Capt. David B. Service, commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6) that transition began with …

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Surgeon General’s Corner: Navy Medicine’s Role in Global Health Engagement

By Vice Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy surgeon general, and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery  Navy Medicine is truly a “Global force for good,” when it comes to its global health engagement initiatives. Whether we are providing medical care through one of our yearly humanitarian assistance efforts, partnering with local ministries of health and non-governmental organizations …

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Striving to Protect Sailors from Parasitic Diseases

By Lt. Kimberly Edgel, deputy director, Parasitology Department, Naval Medical Research Unit 6, Peru *Editor’s note: This is the final blog in a six part series from NAMRU-6. Parasitic diseases have had devastating effects on military operations for millennia and this may have even changed the course of history. It has been speculated that both Alexander the Great and Genghis …

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NAMRU-6: Staying Ahead of Emerging Infections

By Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kasper, head, Ecology Unit, Emerging Infections Department, Naval Medical Research Unit 6, Peru *Editor’s note: This is number five in a series of six blogs from NAMRU-6 How do we ensure our readiness against the threats of tomorrow?  Medical researchers must continuously study the emergence of new diseases to keep pace with the evolution of pathogens that …

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Vicious Viruses: Readiness is Job Number One

By Lt. Col. Eric Halsey, head of Virology Department at NAMRU-6, Peru * Editor’s note: This is blog number four out of six in a series of blogs from NAMRU-6. Mosquitoes can do more than spoil your picnic. They can ruin your day, your week, or even your life. Mosquitoes are the main insects that carry arboviruses—Arthropod-borne viruses—a group of pathogens threatening …

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