13 March 2017
Jenni Benson, USAG Public Affairs
On a cool morning in late February, Assistant Chief with the Fort Detrick Fire Department Oley Griffith, his son Andrew and a family friend went out to maintain a property in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore where the three typically enjoy outdoor activities. They had no idea that within a few short hours they would be face-to-face with the American emblem of strength and majesty, the bald eagle.

This one however was seriously injured.
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15 June 2016
Bob Craig, USAG Environmental Management Division
Unfortunately, Mosquito-borne diseases are not a new problem; with mosquitoes causing more human suffering than any other organism. It estimated that over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year, and the number of people infected with mosquito-borne diseases (e.g., malaria, bacteria and viruses) is many folds greater
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02 December 2013
By: Karrie Reckley, Environmental Management Office
    The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick Commanding General Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr. recognized Fort Detrick’s continued commitment to sustainable, cost-effective stewardship by signing an updated Environmental Policy Oct. 2.
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26 July 2013

By Lanessa Hill, USAG PAO

Trapping mosquitoes will soon be the focus for some researchers at the Forest Glen Annex. Researchers from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Vector Control Department will be placing multiple mosquito traps around the installation to determine species and count the numbers collected.

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11 July 2013
West Nile Virus: Forgotten but not gone

West Nile Virus (WNV) was first isolated from an adult woman in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937 and the ecology characterized in Egypt in the 1950’s.  Then in 1957, during an outbreak in Israel, the virus became recognized as a cause of severe human meningitis or encephalitis (inflammation of the spinal cord and brain) in elderly patients.  In 1999, WNV appeared in North America, with encephalitis reported in humans and horses.  The subsequent spread in the U.S. is an important milestone in the evolving history of this virus.

When West Nile Viruswas first detected in the U.S. in 1999, only four states (New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland) had reports of WNV in animals, birds, and/or mosquitoes.  By the end of 2005, WNV had been reported throughout the continental U.S. 

 In 2002, 4 novel routes of WNV transmission to humans were documented for the first time: 1) blood transfusion, 2) organ transplantation, 3) transplacental transfer, and 4) breastfeeding.  In 2004, a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that more than 1,000 blood donors had tested positive for WNV in the U.S., making [it] one of the most common illnesses that can be acquired through transfusions.

The height of the WNV outbreak in the U.S. occurred during 2002 and 2003.  In 2002, WNV infected 4,156 people nationwide and claimed 284 lives, making that year one of the deadliest mosquito-borne illness years in recent U.S. history.  In 2003, there were 9,862 cases of WNV reported with 264 deaths.

While Fort Detrick was able to dodge WNV in 2001 by successfully locating and eliminating potential mosquito breeding areas, the spread of the virus overwhelmed the entire northeast region, finally landing at Fort Detrick in July 2002, with the discovery of the first WNV infected bird.  Later, during August 2002, WNV infected mosquitoes were found at Fort Detrick.

The result of finding WNV infected birds and mosquitoes at Fort Detrick was stepped-up efforts to minimize or eliminate mosquito breeding areas, including coordinated efforts between Industrial Hygiene/Environmental Health Office, Environmental Management Office, and Directorate of Public Works (DPW). Together, they inspected and cleaned out storm drains, stocked ponds with mosquito-eating fish, and applied an environmentally safe larvicide to areas with standing, stagnant water.

This year, the same successful and effective measures have been taken. While heavy rains and numerous construction sites continue to present a challenge, Fort Detrick is confident that ongoing efforts, continued surveillance (particularly at construction sites), and early application of a larvicide will once again provide uniformed military members, civilians, family members, and guests a safe, comfortable summer.

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22 April 2013
On April 25, World Malaria Day 2013 will be celebrated around the world with activities that highlight advances in the field of malaria research, but with a focus on how far we have left to go. The day will be an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and reinvigorate ourselves for the monumental task yet ahead of us.Malaria, it seems, has been with us forever. Chinese writing on malaria goes back to 2700 B.C., and Eber’s papyrus describes it in 1550 B.C. 
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09 November 2012
Yes, friends, the holidays are just around the corner, and during this time of celebration and reflection, let's not forget about the environment. We are all very busy at this time of year, but there are many things we can do that are fun and virtually effortless.
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From Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, Fort Detrick will conduct Fall Clean-Up operations on both Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex. US Army Garrison (USAG), Tenant Organizations and Mission Partners will participate.
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The fall season has arrived in full speed, and many of us take the opportunity to prepare our homes and offices by performing a thorough cleaning to get us through the winter months. Not that long ago, it was common practice to dispose of almost every cleaning supply down the drain. Today, this indiscriminate disposal of chemicals to the sanitary sewer is not acceptable or permitted.
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30 September 2011
The Armed Forces Pest Management Board, an office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment with offices on Fort Detrick's Forest Glen Annex, recently celebrated the certification of their Monarch butterfly Waystation.
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14 July 2011
Fort Detrick's 2010 Drinking Water Quality Report is available for community review. The report summarizes water quality information collected by water suppliers to comply with drinking water regulations.
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14 April 2011
Fort Detrick is a leading organization in recycling with nearly 45 45 percent of the overall waste being recycled. Do you recycle? Many people will answer this question quickly…why, yes, they say.
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04 March 2011
Are you up for a challenge? Frederick County is Double- Dog Daring citizens to step up to the plate and meet the Green Homes Challenge head-on.
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