Saturday, June 28, 2014
Malaria Girls 3
This is a very small collection, and it ends with these final four photos. The top two are dated "NOV 60," just like all the ones already posted. The bottom two, "FEB 61" I've titled these photos malaria girls because of a visible poster about malaria in the first of the three posts. The reality is that I have no idea what these women are doing. I've speculated that they're public health workers because of the shoulder patches on their uniforms. I've seen lots of photos of hospital nurses, and I've never seen an emblem of any kind. And as far as malaria goes, it's just as possible that these nurses (I stand by that guess.) are dealing with anything from cholera to the common cold.
Now, back to malaria. According to the CDC, from 1957 to 2011, there have been 63 local outbreaks of malaria in the United States. According to a 2012 article in the SF Gate, while outbreaks of malaria have been declining in tropical countries, they've been increasing in the United States, with 1,925 reported cases in 2011. And no, they're not concentrated in our own tropical areas like south Florida and Louisiana. U.S. cases have their origin in international travel. It's New York City that's ground zero for American malaria outbreaks.