He, however, indicated that “the fact that so many professionals from multiple commands quickly came together to work through this particular requirement highlights our amazing and unique team of professionals. They are working together every day for the interests of the American people and our global partners even in the toughest of circumstances.”

The medical equipment, weighing about 2,500 kilograms, was provided by the US Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3) Ghana Detachment and it includes ribonucleic acid (RNA) extraction kits, reagents, viral collection swabs, universal and viral transport media to collect and store specimen, as well as the replenishment of other consumable lab supplies.

These were ordered in January 2020 to support NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment research efforts, in partnership with Ghana’s National Influenza Center at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Kumasi Centre of Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine.

The NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment is a collaborator within the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch Global Emerging Infections Surveillance partner network and has supported influenza surveillance for both human and avian influenza strains in Ghana since 2007.

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