The U. S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgewood Contracting Division, Fort Detrick, invites applications for funding opportunities for the Fiscal Year 2024 Deployed War Fighter Protection (DWFP) Research Program, renewable for up to 3 years, administered by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB). The AFPMB is soliciting pre-proposals for original, innovative research designed to develop new interventions to protect deployed U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) personnel from medically relevant pests, including arthropod disease vectors of mosquito-borne arboviruses and tick-borne pathogens, as well as fly-borne bacterial pathogens.
With warming temperatures, Active Duty service members training outdoors as well as other DoD beneficiaries (including Civilians, Contractors, Dependents, and more) working outside or simply enjoying the weather should be aware of ticks and the threats they can pose.
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed the presence of the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis). It probably arrived in the United States in or before 2010. Exactly how or when is unknown, but one thing is certain: it may have entered on domestic pets, horses, livestock or people.
The Deployed Warfighter Protection (DWFP) program is an initiative to develop and validate novel methods to protect United States Military personnel from threats posed by disease-carrying arthropods, including mosquitoes and ticks.
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Excessive rain events are often followed by large numbers of host-seeking mosquitoes. This can increase the chance of exposure to mosquito-borne diseases and secondary infections that may occur as a result of mosquito bites. Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus and Zika virus, among other diseases. In addition, storm-related power outages are common after hurricanes, and can exacerbate mosquito and other pest problems.
The Armed Forces Pest Management Board ensures that environmentally sound, safe, and effective programs are in place to prevent pests and disease vectors from adversely affecting DoD operations.
COL Michelle G. Colacicco-Mayhugh became the Director of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board on 14 November 2022
LCDR Michael D. Kavanaugh became the Deputy Director of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board on 17 April 2023