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, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 367–410

Experimental studies on phlebotomus (pappataci, sandfly) fever during world war II

  • Albert B. Sabin


In conclusion it may be said that while the laboratory investigations on the virus or viruses of sandfly fever, which were encountered in the Mediterranean area and in the Middle East, gave us a good deal more information on the basic properties of the virus and, also, provided a supply for storage and future studies, the primary objectives of developing some method of propagating the virus outside of the human body and of a vaccine for the protection of exposed personnel, were not attained. It is, therefore, particularly fortunate that DDT was found to be so highly effective for the control ofPhlebotomus papatasi in dwellings22, and that the available mosquito repellents proved so effective in protecting those who may be exposed out of doors. Even if future efforts should not lead to the discovery of a vaccine, sandfly fever need no longer be the military problem that it had been in various operations in endemic areas in the past.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert B. Sabin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Children's Hospital Research FoundationUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnati

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