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A prospective study of acute diarrhea in a cohort of United States military personnel on deployment to the Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21212203     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To better understand the epidemiology of diarrhea in deployed personnel to the Middle East, a prospective cohort study of travelers' diarrhea (TD) was conducted between May 2004 and January 2005 at the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) camp in the southern Sinai. A baseline entry questionnaire and stool specimen was provided on study entry, and volunteers were followed every 6 weeks. Of 211 volunteers, 145 (68.7%) completed one or more follow-up visits. In total, 416 follow-up surveys were completed, which described an overall incidence of 25.2 episodes per 100 person months (95% confidence interval = 21.2-30.0). Additionally, stools were collected in 72 of 77 diarrhea-associated clinic visits, with bacterial pathogens most commonly isolated (enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli in 30 [42%] samples and Campylobacter jejuni in 7 [10%] samples) Despite modern preventive methods, diarrhea is still a common problem for deployed US military personnel in Egypt, frequently resulting in diminished ability to work.
Mark S Riddle; David M Rockabrand; Carey Schlett; Marshall R Monteville; Robert W Frenck; Marcy Romine; Salwa F Ahmed; John W Sanders
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1476-1645     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-07     Completed Date:  2011-02-22     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370507     Medline TA:  Am J Trop Med Hyg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  59-64     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
United States Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3, Cairo, Egypt.
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MeSH Terms
Cohort Studies
Diarrhea / diagnosis*,  epidemiology*
Egypt / epidemiology
Feces / microbiology,  parasitology
Middle Aged
Military Personnel*
United States
Young Adult

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