This article is part of the supplement: Department of Defense Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (GEIS): an update for 2009

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Antimicrobial resistance surveillance in the AFHSC-GEIS network

William G Meyer1*, Julie A Pavlin2, Duane Hospenthal3, Clinton K Murray3, Kurt Jerke4, Anthony Hawksworth5, David Metzgar5, Todd Myers6, Douglas Walsh7, Max Wu7, Rosa Ergas8, Uzo Chukwuma8, Steven Tobias9, John Klena10, Isabelle Nakhla10, Maha Talaat10, Ryan Maves11, Michael Ellis12, Glenn Wortmann12, David L Blazes1 and Luther Lindler1

Author Affiliations

1 Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, 11800 Tech Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA

2 Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, 315/6 Rajavithi Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10400

3 Brooke Army Medical Center, 3871 Roger Brooke Drive, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200, USA

4 Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Department of Immunology, CMR 402, Box 483, APO AE 09180, USA

5 Naval Health Research Center, 140 Sylvester Road, San Diego, CA 92106, USA

6 National Naval Medical Center, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20889, USA

7 U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya, U.S. Embassy, ATTN: MRU, United Nations Avenue, Post Office Box 606, Village Market, 00621 Nairobi, Kenya

8 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Suite 1100, Portsmouth, VA 23708, USA

9 U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Number 2, Kompleks Pergudangan DEPKES R.I., JI. Percetakan Negara II Number 23, Jakarta, 10560, Indonesia

10 U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Number 3, Extension of Ramses Street, Adjacent to Abbassia Fever Hospital, Postal Code 11517, Cairo, Egypt

11 U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Detachment, Centro Medico Naval “CMST,” Av. Venezuela CDRA 36, Callao 2, Lima, Peru

12 Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20307, USA

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11(Suppl 2):S8  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-S2-S8

Published: 4 March 2011


International infectious disease surveillance has been conducted by the United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DoD) for many years and has been consolidated within the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (AFHSC-GEIS) since 1998. This includes activities that monitor the presence of antimicrobial resistance among pathogens. AFHSC-GEIS partners work within DoD military treatment facilities and collaborate with host-nation civilian and military clinics, hospitals and university systems. The goals of these activities are to foster military force health protection and medical diplomacy. Surveillance activities include both community-acquired and health care-associated infections and have promoted the development of surveillance networks, centers of excellence and referral laboratories. Information technology applications have been utilized increasingly to aid in DoD-wide global surveillance for diseases significant to force health protection and global public health. This section documents the accomplishments and activities of the network through AFHSC-GEIS partners in 2009.