DISEASE SURVEILLANCE OF THE EMPLOYEES DOING FEASIBILITY STUDIES ON ROUTES 17 AND 25.
Annual rept. 15 Aug 66-30 Jun 68,
GORGAS MEMORIAL LAB BALBOA HEIGHTS CANAL ZONE
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This investigation was to determine the presence and acquisition of certain important tropical diseases by the foreign, native workers, and natives along the proposed sea level canal routes 17 Panama and Colombia 25. The results indicate that certain diseases are present and are being actively transmitted. Malaria is prevalent and the hazard is greatly increased in Colombia because of the presence of chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum. Arbovirus activity is high involving a considerable number of pathogenic agents. Tripanosomiasis Chagas disease and leishmaniasis also are present and have been contracted by newcomers to the area. Other indigenous diseases include filariasis, intestinal parasites, and enteropathogenic bacteria. Many biting insects are present which are both disease vectors and annoying pests. Disease transmission appears to occur throughout the entire year. Author
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