Armed with Science
March 21, 2011
Protecting our fighting forces against infectious threats such as malaria is why Navy Medicine and our sister services continuously conduct medical research. We want to provide our forward-deployed forces with the best in force health protection.
Military personnel are at risk of developing malaria, a multi-staged parasitic infection, while deployed in endemic areas and we continue our research work to provide the best safeguards for them. Malaria is found in most tropical regions of the world, and also some subtropical areas such as Afghanistan and Korea. The malaria parasite is transmitted by the bite of the female anopheles mosquito. This infectious threat can compromise the integrity of our military missions by sickening our troops, and this can happen within ten or twelve days of arriving in the operating theatre. The worst cases can lead to death.