16 Oct '12, 7am

Detecting biological weapon use #cbrn #wmd #NATO

Detecting biological weapon use #cbrn #wmd #NATO

Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Queyriaux is the deputy head of service and epidemiologist of the Deployment Health Surveillance Capability (DHSC) based in Munich, Germany. He currently has a four-person team. His role is to develop for NATO an epidemiological surveillance system for tracking the state of health of Allied troops in operations. Recent experiences in the African and Balkan theatres, as well as in Afghanistan, have demonstrated the critical importance of real-time tracking of health and of the threats to soldiers in their mission. In Afghanistan, for example, NATO does not always have a way of knowing the exact number of malaria cases among Allied forces and whether that is affecting the Alliance's operational capabilities in the field. "The requirement for developing a real-time epidemiological surveillance and alert system, which is crucial particularly in the ...

Full article: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_90256.htm

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