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Service members diagnosed with HIV-1 infection in recent years remain longer in U.S. armed forces

The August issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center featured an analysis that found service members diagnosed with HIV-1 in more recent years have tended to remain on active duty longer than those who became infected in the earlier years of the time period between 1990 and 2013.

Influenza vaccine associated with a reduction in symptom severity among patients with influenza A/H3N2 disease

Findings from an IDCRP study suggest that annual receipt of influenza vaccine, while not 100% effective in preventing disease, may be of some benefit by lessening the severity of symptoms among those who do get influenza. This study was conducted among young, otherwise healthy active duty military personnel and beneficiaries.

Whatman FTA Elute cards effective in storing genomic material in diarrheal pathogens

IDCRP researchers evaluated using filter-paper to collect and store diarrheal specimens.  Results from the study indicate that the FTA Elute card can effectively store genomic material in most diarrheal pathogens.