Delousing Procedures for Contingency Operations

Publication Type:Report
Year of Publication:2011
Series Title:Armed Forces Pest Management Board Technical Guide
Document Number:6
Pagination:18 pp
Institution:Armed Forces Pest Management Board Information Services Division U.S. Army Garrison—Forest Glen
City:Silver Spring

The purpose of this technical guide is to provide guidance on safe, effective and efficient procedures for controlling outbreaks of louse-borne disease, such as epidemic louse-borne typhus (Rickettsia prowazekii), epidemic relapsing fever (Borrelia recurrentis), and trench fever (Bartonella quintana), in enemy prisoners of war and other internment/resettlement camps under control of the Department of Defense (DoD). Louse-borne disease control in the absence of mass delousing with power equipment or the topical application of pesticide dusts must be accomplished through the joint efforts of a variety of DoD non-medical and medical assets to control both body lice and the pathogens they transmit.

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