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Health Surveillance:

Force Readiness and Health Assurance advocates for biosurveillance activities that provide early warning of infectious disease outbreaks, hazardous environmental exposures, or possible bioterrorist attacks by spotting trends of public health importance.  The Director of Global Health Surveillance is responsible for supporting the collection and generation of reports that cover diseases, injury, occupational / environmental health, mortality, and outbreaks.

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center is the central resource for DoD epidemiology and health surveillance.

060615-N-3153C-163.Tawi Tawi, Philippines (June 15, 2006) - Navy Lt. Cmdr. Helen Chun, an infectious disease specialist with the Medical Treatment Facility aboard the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) Hospital Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), evaluates a patient during a Medical and Dental Civil Action Project that took place on the ship. The medical crew aboard Mercy will provide general and ophthalmology surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, public health training and veterinary services as requested by the host nations. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs and is configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team who can provide a range of services ashore as well as aboard the ship. The medical staff is augmented with an assistance crew, many of whom are part of non-governmental organizations, which have significant medical capabilities. Mercy is on a five-month deployment to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman Ryan Clement (RELEASED)