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January 8, 1997

Internet Anatomy 101Accessing Information on the World Wide Web

Author Affiliations

From the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md (Dr Sikorski; e-mail: rss@nchgr.nih.gov); and the Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Dr Peters; e-mail: rhp@solvig.med.harvard.edu).

JAMA. 1997;277(2):171-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540260085042

A patient calls his physician to inquire about the risks of contracting malaria in the Caribbean. He tells the physician that he is planning a vacation in the Dominican Republic, but that a colleague has warned him that he could contract malaria there. He asks for advice.

While still on the telephone with the patient, the physician uses her personal computer to connect to the Internet and navigates to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Page on the World Wide Web (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/caribean.htm). The physician learns that malaria has been eradicated in all of the Caribbean islands except for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, the CDC reports, in the Dominican Republic, the risk is in rural areas but not in the island's tourist centers. The physician relates this information to the patient, who decides to stay in a resort hotel.