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Re: Malaria Outbreaks in Kent 1916 to Early 1920's
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2015, 22:01:58 »
I would have not have believed that a post on malaria would be so popular.
There are another 54 photos on the subject, all taken in Kent in 1917, exact location unknown, on the IWM website @ http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search?query=malaria+kent&items_per_page=10

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Re: Malaria Outbreaks in Kent 1916 to Early 1920's
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2015, 19:42:07 »

In the 19th. Century I believe numerous new brides, who were from areas not on Sheppey died from ague (malaria) as they had no immunity as the residents did.


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Malaria Outbreaks in Kent 1916 to Early 1920's
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2015, 22:35:12 »
In the summer of 1916 camps were erected in various parts of the UK to accommodate the large numbers of troops returning from Salonika with persistently relapsing malaria. One of the camps was situated on the Isle of Sheppey. Not the best place as Anopheles Atroparus, the principal mosquito vector of malaria in the British Isles, is extremely numerous.
Many of the troops relapsed in these camps and it was not surprising that cases of malaria started to occur in both local civilians and troops who had not served overseas.
Outbreaks of malaria in Kent occurred mainly in Sheppey (157 new cases) Grain (33) and the Sandwich area (77)
The outbreaks were finally curtailed in the early 1920's. None of the new cases were especially severe and no deaths were recorded.

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Anti-malaria treatment in Kent. Troops of the 1st London Sanitary Company (Probably Royal Engineers.) I believe this photo was taken in the Sandwich area. IWM (Q 28510)

Anti-malaria treatment being carried out on a farmstead in Kent. IWM (Q 28458)

Anti-malaria treatment being carried out in a ditch covered with weeds in Kent, where Maculipennis is known to have been found. IWM (Q 28485)

 

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