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February 7, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(6):409-410. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890230049015

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ARMY TO TEST NEW DRUG AGAINST SCRUB TYPHUS IN MALAYA  The Army Medical Department soon will stage an extensive test of the efficacy of chloromycetin, the only drug thus far discovered which is as effective against certain rickettsial organisms as the sulfonamide drugs and penicillin are effective against bacteria. The test will be made in an effort to stop the spread of scrub typhus in the Far East. Dr. J. E. Smadel, director of virus research, Army Medical Center, and one of the discoverers of this substance, plans to fly to the Malay States early this spring to treat plantation workers among whom scrub typhus is making serious inroads. The carrier of the infection is a mite which is probably spread by rodents. During the war many plantations in Malaya were allowed to go back to brush. This

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