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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — An 18th Medical Command officer was honored with a Presidential Award from South Korea this month for his work in insect-borne diseases.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun presented the award to Col. Terry Klein, the entomology consultant for the command, during South Korea’s 34th Celebration of the World Health Day.

Klein has been researching malaria for 18 years and has been working with U.S. Forces Korea since 1999, according to 18th Medical Command. In his work with the command, he has identified how diseases like hemorrhagic fever spread.

Those efforts have helped identify the transmission of the disease when it occurs, according to 18th Medical Command. When four soldiers became infected, he was able to match the virus to rodents trapped near the contamination spot, near the Demilitarized Zone.

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