Malaria

Malaria is a serious, sometimes deadly disease caused by a mosquito-born parasite that has plagued humanity for at least 4,000 years.  Soldiers living in field conditions have always been particularly susceptible.  Although western doctors have known since the 1600's that quinine has the power to cure malaria, the drug has often been in short supply.  Prevention in the face of a lack of knowledge of how malaria spreads was always difficult, and even after the discovery of the means of transmission the complexities of war often impeded efforts to prevent infection.  Malaria took a heavy toll on the US Army throughout the 19th and early 20th century, and remains a concern today as Soldiers deploy to regions of the world where the disease is still rampant.

Malaria in the Civil War (Coming Soon)

Malaria in World War II (Coming Soon)

Malaria in Vietnam