The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 9, 1968 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 9, 1968
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Blythevifle (Ark.) Courier News — Tuesday, April 9, 19» - Pag» Apocalyptic Horsemen Run Wild in Vietnam WASHINGTON —- (N3A)-| Two of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—war and pes • tilence—continue to ride stir - rup to stirrup in Vietnam, according to Army medical officers and figures cited by the World Health Organization. Diseases in the war- torn, under developed nation is on the increase, a fact acknowledged as being directly related to the conflict. Bombsj bodies and artillery barrages by both sides create a haven of '•rabble and garbage for ver'min and germs, resulting in the kind of general 'filth in many areas that would make a public health officer's skin crawl. / Tuberculosis, malaria and numerous intestinal parasites pose the biggest threat at present. Venefal disease, another natural calamity of large-scale military operations, is so common that World Health Organization (WHO) doesn't even try to tabulates figures. Cholera, virtually nonexistent in South Vietnam five years ago, zoomed to 20,000 suspected cases in. 1S64, though this has since dropped to 7,313 suspected cases in 1967 with 1,332 cases confirmed. But ideal conditions for cholera, said a medical officer recently returned from Vietnam, have not even occurred yet. "It's a slow, uphill battle," said Col. William H. Moncrief, Army medical officer who headed up the U.S. Health Division in Vietnam and was'an adviser to the Vietnamese minister of health. "We have the same problem we have in the United States •—you :just can't get m a'n : y doctors interested i n public health, although I think there's been a definite /improvement . since '62." The 'biggest disease Other diseases may be more plentiful at the moment, h e agrees, but the increased incidence of plague "is certainly the most dramatic." . Even elementary students of history recall that the "black , death" sometimes wiped out one - third to three - fourths of the European population in epidemic during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. ."If plague is restricted to South Vietnam, I suppose modern medicine could keep it under control,"said the 36-year- old professor. "My fear is that it might spread to the rest of South-east Asia and India. Wide - -spread plague in undeveloped countries with poor sanitation practices could create a ssrious situation. Alland blames U S. defoliation and napalm bombing for increased plague in Vietnam. The disease is normally transmitted from diseased rats to humans by fleas. Normally these fleas infest wild rats ratherthan those in urban areas. But when wild rats shift to urban areas they bring the disease with them, infecting their city cousins. And when the diseased rat dies in a city, the new host the flea seeks out may be a handy human. Early European plague epidemics were caused by land cultivation driving the wild rats to the cities, says Alland, and defoliation and napalm may be doing the same in Vietnam. U. S. Army'medical men do not discount such a possibilty, but express doubt that defoliation and bombing have had that much effect on wild rodents. The increase in reported'plague cases they attribute, simply to better methods of reporting. Tin.. clean - up and better personal hygiene are absolute necessities before'disease figures can drop significantly.. , All of which appears pretty And they blame the Viet Cong i for controlling areas'that to not scare!allow U.S. medical technology talk arisihg.from the Vietnam conflict concerns/plague, a word that struck horror to the world a few centuries ago. A recent outbreak killed six Vietnamese in the Saigon area, but the World Health tiragnization denied that the deaths amounted to an epidemic. ' With' reported cases swollen from 199 in 1963 to 4,532 last year. In government - controlled areas plague in Vietnam Is noted by WHO as a "matter of grave concern to the entire' Pacific basinl" And the plague- war link adds fuel to the fires of antiwar protesters in the United States. . Among the latter, is Prof. Alexander Alland, Jr., medical anthropologist at Columbia University, who has accused the United' States of "a-kind of covert biological warfare," through continuing in a conflict that imposes "stress, conditions up on an area with a delicate health balance." to ,serye,the.civilian population. "Our people are working on plague," said Col. Ralph Sing - er of the Army's. Prevenfative Medicine section. "T ; h e r e i s plenty of vaccine available and it is effective." : Unfortunately, the vaccine is not available to Vietnamese in enemy - controlled and remote areas, and only an estimated one - fourth of the "friendlies" have received it. "In places where we can carry on immunization and rodent control, the incidence is lower." said Col. Moncrief. '!B'ut the reason there is an increase even in areas where we can do this is . that all Vietnamese won't stand still for the immunization and you simply can't kill all therats.';' . "Of.course, you can still get an overwhelming' contact and get the-disease even after immunization, although/the cause would be less severe." So the big blow.needed to be struck against .'increase of plague as well as all disease i n Vietnam,is still widespread sanitation and immunization. Rat control, garbage and rubble LINING THE STREETS, hundred* of ftoaMmUi of quixotic in the face of public apathy and a war that has Vietnam busy just saving its skin, much less keeping i' clean. HOME GROWN EASTER ROWERS Lillies, Azaleas, Mum Pots, Begonias & Geraniums AADCAflCO WITH THAT vUllwnUCd PERSONAL TOUCH PERMANENT FLOWERS For Home, Hospital or Cemetery YOUR BANKAMERICARD WELCOME HERE! McADAMS GREENHOUSES 206 E.DAVIS .PH. 763-8121, What's For Lunch? BLYTHEVILLE WEDNESDAY Chicken salad sandwiches Green Beans Celery Sticks Pickles Milk Apple Cobbler GOSNELL Wednesday Beef Stew Crackers Green Beans Cole Slaw Corn Bread Butter Milk iiiiiiiiiiiiiuniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiniiiiniiiiiininiiiiininiiinii Driving for pleasure is the recreational activity, the Commerce Department says. Strictly Business Richard Farmer of Victoria, Tex., is new manager of Bug- mobile Company of Blytheville. Born at Fort Worth, Tex., Farmer was associated with Bugmobiles in Victoria. He is married and has one son, Charles. Dr. J. E. Beasley of Blytheville has been selected by this county's medical society to be a delegate to the annual session of the Arkansas Medical Society, April 21 - 24 in Hot Springs. Dr. John W. Hard, also of Blyth'eville, was named alter- nate delegate, Dr. Helen R. Nunn recently attended an Office of Economic Opportunity conference at New York University. En route home, Dr. Nunn stopped in Washington, D. 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