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The Department of Defense (DOD) officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by the 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus (2019 -NCOV), which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. DOD will closely coordinate with our interagency partners to ensure accurate and timely information is available and encourage all appropriate measures are taken to limit the virus' spread. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the CDC are the federal government leads for the response to the virus.  

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2019-nCoV Surveillance Summary #4

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2/13/2020

From mid-DEC 2019 to 13 FEB 2020, 59,822 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including1,367 deaths (case fatality proportion 2.3%), have been reported in mainland China. On 12 FEB, the Chinese government reported asubstantial increase in cases (+15,074) and deaths (+253). This is due to an expanded case definition (applicable only in Hubei Province) that includes clinically-diagnosed cases in addition to individuals testing positive via PCR. Additionally, 525 confirmed cases have been reported in 27 countries and regions outside of mainland China, including USINDOPACOM (15), USEUCOM (9), USNORTHCOM 2), and USCENTCOM (1).

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Epidemiology lab supports flu vaccine development

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2/11/2020
Air Force Staff Sgt. Gerald Gatlin prepares serology samples in the immunodiagnostic section of the Epidemiology Laboratory Service, also known as the ‘Epi Lab,’ at the 711th Human Performance Wing’s United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and Public Health at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.)

The lab shares information with the CDC and helps push potential changes to the influenza vaccine each year

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2019-nCoV Surveillance Summary #3

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2/10/2020

From mid-DEC to 6 FEB, 28,085 confirmed cases of infection with a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including 565 deaths (case fatality proportion 2.0%) have been reported in mainland China. Additionally, 259 confirmed cases have been reported in 27 countries and regions outside of mainland China, including 15 countries/regions in USINDOPACOM, nine in USEUCOM, two in USNORTHCOM, and one in USCENTCOM.

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MHS prepared to support interagency coronavirus response

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2/6/2020
Airmen assist one another in donning their personal protective equipment, while on-board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during transportation isolation system training at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Engineered and implemented after the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, the TIS is an enclosure the Department of Defense can use to safely transport patients with diseases like novel coronavirus. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller)

From R&D to force health protection, MHS protects DoD personnel and families

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2019-nCoV Surveillance Summary #1

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2/4/2020

From mid-DEC to 24 JAN, Chinese health officials have reported 830 cases of infection (25 deaths, case fatality proportion 3%) with a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)in mainland China (29 provinces), with the majority (56%) of cases reported from the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, the presumed epicenter of the outbreak.

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2019-nCoV Surveillance Summary #2

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2/4/2020

From mid-DEC to 30 JAN, 8,124 cases of infection with a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including171 deaths (case fatality proportion 2.1%) have been reported in mainland China. Additionally, 112 cases have been reported in 21 countries and regions outside of mainland China, including 15 countries/regions in USINDOPACOM, three in USEUCOM, two in USNORTHCOM, and one in USCENTCOM.

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Eyes on it: Optometry clinic ensures mission readiness

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2/4/2020
Dr. Courtney Humphrey, 633rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometrist, holds a lens used to look into a patient’s eye at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Jan. 27, 2020. Humphrey is one of three doctors in the Langley AFB optometry clinic, treating active duty personnel from all branches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sarah Dowe)

Eye exams are more than just reading a chart

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DoD releases guidance to protect forces from novel coronavirus

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1/31/2020
The novel coronavirus is a variant of other coronaviruses, such as this colorized transmission electron micrograph of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus particles (blue) found near the periphery of an infected VERO E6 cell (yellow). Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by NIAID)

Basic infection controls offer best defense against illness

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Sorry flu, not this year

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1/27/2020
U.S. Air Force Kathryn Klein, right, an aerospace medical service specialist with 182nd Medical Group, Illinois Air National Guard, administers an influenza vaccination during drill weekend at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 8, 2019. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and the best prevention is getting a flu vaccine each year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Paul R. Helmig II)

The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Medical supply chain teamed with Department of Defense partners to provide 3.4 million doses of the influenza vaccine to service members, dependents and retirees.

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Coronavirus: What providers, patients should know

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1/24/2020
A dental assistant with the 319th Medical Group, demonstrates proper sanitary procedure by putting on a face mask at the medical treatment facility on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.

What to do now that virus has appeared in U.S.

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Mid-season flu activity increase: How to keep healthy

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1/22/2020
Navy Hospital Corpsman Kenny Liu, from San Jose, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's medical department, prepares a needle with a flu vaccination in the ship's hangar bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Angel Thuy Jaskuloski)

Despite reports of increased flu activity in the U.S., the Military Health System remains vigilant

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DTRA contributes to historic Ebola vaccine effort

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1/17/2020
Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Nembhard, an aeromedical evacuation technician assigned to the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, straps a simulated Ebola patient to a litter during a Transport Isolation System training exercise at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Megan Munoz)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves new Ebola vaccine

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HPV vaccine age limit raised by FDA to age 45

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1/14/2020
https://www.nfid.org/infectious-diseases/hpv/ Recent CDC and FDA guidance recommends that men and women up to 45 years of age get vaccinated to protect against the Human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can cause certain cancers and genital warts. More than 14 million new HPV infections occur in the U.S. each year, and about 80 percent of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some point in their lives. (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases image)

HPV shot protects against a host of diseases in men, women

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U.S. Transportation Command: DoD’s manager for global patient movement

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1/9/2020
An ambulance bus backs up to the Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III as Airmen prepare to unload patients at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bus transports the ill and/or injured to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. JBA and Travis Air Force Base, California, serve as the primary military entry points or hubs for patient distribution within the continental United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karina Luis)

On a weekly basis, USTRANSCOM moves up to 40 patients from overseas to CONUS

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Joint Chiefs say mind, body, spirit all part of Total Force Fitness

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1/7/2020
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2020 focus on factors making service members, families “resilient”

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