Combating Dengue: A US Military Perspective

Throughout history, dengue virus infections have negatively impacted the mission capabilities of US Service Members. Currently, the expansion of dengue into new regions via the spread of the Aedes genus along with the global presence of the US Military, poses an increased risk for Service Members to contract the virus. Dengue virus infection would not only lead to significant medical costs and a lack of military readiness, but to mission impairment and failure. Therefore, it is important that the US Military explore the virulence, outbreaks, and treatments of dengue virus infection to help prevent its spread and determine solutions for its eradication. This review examines current dengue epidemiology by Combatant Commands, field detection, treatments, preventive measures, prophylactic capabilities, and directions of future research.
Dengue Virus, Monocytes, Serotypes
Vanessa R Melanson, Madeline Ryu, Megan Gagnon, Grant Hall, Kristina Mackey, Jessica Min, Michael Turner, F John Burpo and Jason Barnhill. Combating Dengue: A US Military Perspective. Virology & Retrovirology Journal. 2019; 2(2):123