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March 12, 1997

Medical Support of Troops in Bosnia Includes Screening for Problems When Homeward Bound

JAMA. 1997;277(10):779. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540340013006

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THIS WEEK, the US Army's physicians and other medical personnel at Taszar, Hungary, move from their inflatable hospital to an existing building as part of the extended duration of the Operation Joint Guard peace-enforcement effort in the former Yugoslavia.

The airport at Taszar, from which, until very recently, Russian-built jet fighters flew, now is the main regional support area for US troops going to and from Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) peacekeeping. That mission now has been extended until at least the middle of next year.

With US troops moving in and out of bases in the US sector, there is a major medical support and disease prevention effort (more than 60 million lb of food inspected already, for example) under way.

However, there also is a screening program in place for those soldiers returning to their home bases in Germany or the United States, one