Working out the bugs | Article | The United States ArmyPosted: March 29, 2012
The AV-RDD is a hand-held device used to determine whether arthropods, such as sand flies and mosquitoes, are infected with pathogenic organisms capable of infecting deployed military personnel. This device can be used anywhere at any time. It is as simple to use as an over-the-counter pregnancy test, and provides results in less than half an hour.
“These products are not for use with human samples, so they do not diagnose disease in Soldiers that have acquired a disease spread by these various arthropods,” continued O’Guinn. “Instead, they are used to identify areas in which arthropod-borne diseases are present, so that commanders can determine which steps to take to either control the arthropods with pesticides or trapping, or mandate the use of personal protective measures.”