Acute Lymphatic Filariasis Infection in United States armed forces personnel deployed to the Pacific area of operations during World War II provides important lessons for today

Melrose, Wayne D., and Leggat, Peter A. (2020) Acute Lymphatic Filariasis Infection in United States armed forces personnel deployed to the Pacific area of operations during World War II provides important lessons for today. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 5 (2). 63.

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Abstract

The deployment of United States (US) Armed Forces personnel into the central Pacific islands of Samoa and Tonga, which is highly-endemic for lymphatic filariasis (LF), resulted in thousands of cases of the acute form of this disease and greatly reduced their ability to carry out their mission. The major driving factor for the intensity of transmission was the aggressiveness and efficiency of the Aedes species mosquito vectors, especially the day-biting Ae. Polynesiensis. The paper reminds us of the danger that tropical diseases can pose for troops sent into endemic areas and constant and careful surveillance that is required to prevent rapid resurgence of Aedes-transmitted LF in populations, where the LF elimination program has been successful.

Item ID: 62883
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2414-6366
Keywords: medical history; military; WW2; lymphatic filariasis; helminth; Pacific
Copyright Information: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 05:44
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110803 Medical Parasitology @ 33%
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