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Test Developed for Pathogens Carried by Insects in Deployment Areas

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Infectious diseases carried by insects are one of the many environmental hazards that many soldiers face during their active duty in the military. Sand flies, mosquitoes, and many other bugs can carry harmful pathogens that cause diseases like malaria and West Nile Virus, which must be treated quickly to minimize damage.

In many cases a soldier may have to wait days before they can return to an area where proper treatment is available for an infectious disease. This delay can cause symptoms to worsen and create long-term or permanent damage, which can impair them later on in life.

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has collaborated with several other military research facilities in developing a new field test to detect pathogens in insect-infested areas. The Arthropod Vector Rapid Diagnostic Device (AVRDD) is a portable kit that has gained approval for use by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board.

The kits can detect several common pathogens and combinations of viruses that are found in the areas where U.S. troops currently serve, in less than 30 minutes. More kits are being developed for other diseases, such as Leishmania, and field tests are being conducted in areas such as Kenya, Thailand, and Peru.

Soldiers who suffer from an infectious disease due to active duty may experience lingering damage or later health issues as veterans. In these cases, a veterans’ disability representative can help you seek the benefits you are entitled to for combat-related illnesses that cause disabling conditions.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.