Assessment of sand flies as a means of evaluating the threat of leishmaniasis to military forces deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan LTC Russell E. Coleman, Ph.D. Director, Entomology Division Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
LTC Russell E. Coleman, Ph.D.
Director, Entomology Division
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Opinions, interpretations, conclusions, & recommendations are those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the U.S. Army.
Level of PVNTMED Support
Soldier: Uses PPM to protect self
Company: 2-person Field Sanitation Team (additional duty)
BDE/DIV: Full-time PVNTMED Section with 1 ESO, 1 (BDE) or 4-5 (Div) technicians, limited control capabilities
PvntMed Unit: 11-12 Personnel, with 1 ESO, 1 entomologist, 10 technicians, excellent surveillance/control capabilities
provided to PVNTMED Units;
Collecting Sand flies
Testing Sand flies
Sorting Sand flies
Summary of Results to Date
More testing needed!
in sand flies (so we can relate PCR
results to whether the sand fly can
transmit the parasite).
the Malaria VecTEST assay
? of leishmaniasis to military forces deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan