September 9, 1922


Author Affiliations

Balboa Heights, Canal Zone. Acting Chief Health Officer.

JAMA. 1922;79(11):911-912. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640110051023

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, August 5, under "Medical News," you quote the Panama Star and Herald to the effect that an epidemic of malaria has developed among Canal Zone employees, and that breeding places of mosquitoes, which had been sprayed with oil the year round, are now neglected, with the result that there are now more mosquitoes on the Isthmus than ever before, since sanitation days; also that Ancon Hospital is overcrowded with malaria patients.I believe your readers will appreciate the truth regarding these reports, which have had a widespread circulation in United States papers. The statements of the Panama Star and Herald, published June 18, 1922, may be categorically denied:There is not an epidemic of malaria among the employees of the Panama Canal.Breeding places of mosquitoes, formerly sprayed with oil the year round, are not now neglected.There are not more mosquitoes on the

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