Role of the Veterinary Pathologist on the Tropical Medicine Research Team; Observations in Indonesia.
NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
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In areas where public health and sanitary conditions are such that man comes in frequent daily contact with animals in his environment, rodent- borne human diseases are an important health hazard. Because of the year-round warm, humid climate in the tropics, inhabitants of such areas spend a considerable portion of their time out of doors. In tropical nations, such conditions are conducive to less than optimal health conditions frequently the environment is contaminated by animals and their excreta. In such tropical areas of the world, a major portion of the preventive medicine efforts is involved in the identification of rodent borne human diseases. Consequently, the experience of a veterinarian in rodent diagnostic and field laboratory studies makes him especially well suited as a member of the tropical medicine team, to investigate these hazards. Many areas of the Republic of Indonesia were surveyed for animal diseases transmissable to man. These include schistosomiasis, scrub typhus, filariasis, capillariasis, and leptospirosis. All of these zoonotic diseases were present in this vast archipeligo. Author
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine
- Medicine and Medical Research