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Bacterial Diseases Branch

The preeminent United States Army bacterial threat surveillance and research branch, seamlessly partnering with fellow DoD, Federal, commercial, and academic entities, providing the greatest return on investment in support of Soldier and world health.


To conduct basic and applied research leading to knowledge and products that will protect the force from the threat of bacterial diseases. Our team of expert scientists and clinicians provides state of the art bacterial disease surveillance, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for the United States Army and the DoD.


Within the WRAIR, Bacterial Disease Branch is dedicated to alleviating the military concern worldwide for bacterial pathogens, such as anthrax, plague, tularemia, and brucellosis, as well as enteric infections, such as shigella, which impact Warfighters abroad and impair their ability to perform their daily missions.

Research Priorities:
  • Understand diseases of importance to the military;
  • Develop rapidly deployable tools for the diagnosis and detection of bacterial pathogens;
  • Evaluate the epidemiology of strains and antibiotic resistance;
  • Develop drugs and vaccines;
  • Research wound infections;
  • Conduct pre-clinical/clinical vaccine studies for bacterial diseases;

To read about our Multidrug-resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network, click here

To read more about our major accomplishments and future objectives, click here  PDF Icon

Last Modified Date: 09-September-2016

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