Volume 48, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The assignment of significant numbers of members of the U.S. Armed Forces to Somalia in Operation Rescue Hope will bring Americans into contact with a remarkable variety of infectious diseases and other potential health threats. This issue opens with a brief but very informative survey of the more prominent of these issues that must be faced by preventive medicine detachments involved in the effort. The readers of the Journal owe a debt of gratitude to Drs. Larry Laughlin and Llewellyn Legters and their colleagues at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Naval Medical Research Institute for rapidly developing this important review. The variety of potential medical problems in this unfortunate country is large and frightening, and it is important that our readers be informed concerning this important issue.


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