ROBERT E. BLOUNT
During 1968, nearly one half million troops are expected to rotate from South Vietnam to the United States, Australia, Korea, and the Philippines. When there is failure to complete the normal 8-week course of chloroquine-primaquine suppressive medication, and occasionally even in spite of conscientious use of chemoprophylaxis, cases of clinical malaria can be expected among these returnees. If the falciparum cases are not quickly identified and promptly treated or if the Plasmodium is chloroquine resistant, fatalities may be expected. There does exist the threat of the reintroduction of malaria into the United States through mosquito transmission. Later papers in this series report on available methods of avoiding this new epidemiological threat.
BLOUNT RE. Malaria—A Persistent Threat. Ann Intern Med. ;70:127–129. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-1-127
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(1):127-129.
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