SCAR/COMNAP JOINT EXPERT GROUP

on Human Biology and Medicine

​​Welcome to the Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine.

The Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine grew from a merger of the SCAR Expert Group in Human Biology and Medicine and the COMNAP Medical Network (Medinet). It’s objectives and operational guidelines are consistent with the aims and strategies of both COMNAP and SCAR. ​

 

JEGHBM consists of experts with healthcare experience in remote and austere environments. The group consists of medical doctors, psychologists, human physiologists and biologists who are actively engaged in medical care and medical /biomedical research in the Antarctic, Arctic, Space Medicine and other extreme and austere environments.

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Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

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Joint Expert Group

Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine

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Joint Expert Group
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Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine

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Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

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COVID infections in Antarctic Station

Despite very strict health rules, two-thirds of people currently present at the Princess Elisabeth Polar Station in Antarctica have been contaminated by the coronavirus, Le Soir Mag reports Tuesday, which has obtained confirmation from the Belgian Polar Secretariat.

A positive case was detected on December 14 among those who arrived seven days earlier. This traveler was immediately placed in isolation, but tests carried out revealed that two others had also contracted the virus. The three people were evacuated on December 23. But since then the virus has been circulating.

Currently, 25 people are present in the station and 5 are on an expedition. Two-thirds have been infected but no severe symptoms have yet been declared. Two emergency physicians are on-site and the station has all the necessary equipment for treatment and PCR tests .

Everyone present received two doses of vaccine, one person even benefited from the booster, said Alain Hubert, executive operator of the station and responsible for security measures.

The Strategic Council of the Polar Secretariat decided on Monday to keep the staff on-site but prohibited any new entry into the station before the disappearance of the cluster and, at the very least until January 12, the expected arrival date of two new expeditions. . The research season will also be shortened.

According to a virologist consulted by the Polar Secretariat, the probability is high that the infection at the station is due to the Omicron variant, given that this one represents 99% of cases in South Africa, which is precisely the country of last stopover before Antarctica.

https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_le-covid-s-invite-a-la-station-polaire-princesse-elisabeth?id=10905806

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