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Program to eradicate malaria in Sardinia, 1946–1950

Tognotti, Eugenia (2009) Program to eradicate malaria in Sardinia, 1946–1950. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 15 (9), p. 1460-1466. ISSN 1080-6059. Article.

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DOI: 10.3201/eid1509.081317


During 1946–1950, the Rockefeller Foundation conducted a large-scale experiment in Sardinia to test the feasibility of indigenous vector species eradication. The interruption of malaria transmission did not require vector eradication, but with a goal of developing a new strategy to fight malaria, the choice was made to wage a rapid attack with a powerful new chemical. Costing millions of dollars, 267 metric tons of DDT were spread over the island. Although malaria was eliminated, the main objective, complete eradication of the vector, was not achieved. Despite its being considered almost eradicated in the mid-1940s, malaria 60 years later is still a major public health problem throughout the world, and its eradication is back on the global health agenda.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:3498
Uncontrolled Keywords:Malaria, eradication, health problems, Sardinia, 1946–1950
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/02 Storia della medicina
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze biomediche
Publisher:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 12:37

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