NAMRU-3US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (Cairo, Egypt)
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In October, after the discovery of the novel coronavirus, stored samples were sent by MOH Jordan to NAMRU-3, and in November the centre provided laboratory results that confirmed two cases of infection with the virus, the statement said.
NAMRU-3, which was established in 1946, works closely with Egypt's Ministry of Health, conducting research and surveillance to support military personnel deployed to Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia, according to its official website.
In the Middle East, scientists at the Global Disease Detection Regional Center of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention partnered with NAMRU-3 staff and regional medical officials to conduct severe acute respiratory illnesses (SARI) surveillance at 22 hospitals in 6 countries (Egypt, Jordan, Djibouti, Yemen, Oman, and Qatar).
A significant capacity building engagement by NAMRU-3 included the conduct of training and provision of supplies and equipment to enhance EID laboratory diagnostic, vector surveillance, safety, and biomedical capacity in Afghanistan.
was developed and validated by NAMRU-6, and NAMRU-3 developed the capacity to conduct RT-PCR for the rapid quantitative detection of Plasmodia spp.
Laboratory work was funded by the Division of Global Emerging Infections Surveillance Operations at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Research Plan C0169_10_RD, through the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases and NAMRU-3.
Keeping a nation's fighting three healthy is paramount to winning any war," said NAMRU-3 Commanding Officer, CAPT Trueman W.
Building this foundation of knowledge about diseases is precisely what NAMRU-3 does, it accomplishes its mission by doing exactly what most Americans spend their entire lives trying to avoid--NAMRU-3 finds the nastiest, most disease-ridden places on earth.
While most NAMRU-3 researchers try to avoid catching the "bugs" that make people sick, LCDR Daniel Szumlas, a vector biologist with NAMRU-3, is busy thinking of new ways to catch bugs--insects to be more precise.
The NAMRU-3 has been conducting extensive sand fly research and surveillance in countries throughout Africa and the Middle East for over 50 years.
In addition, in collaboration with both the US Army Research Institute for Infectious Diseases and the US Air Force 59th Clinical Research Division, entomologists at AFRIMS, NAMRU-3, and USAMRU -K are conducting field evaluations of real-time polymerase chain reaction assays to detect vector-borne pathogens.
The NAMRU-3 bacteriology laboratory in Cairo provided training, quality control on all samples and bacterial isolates, a reference laboratory, and special test capacity.