Infectious Diseases: Casualties in a Jungle War

Twice last week the big U.S. Air Force hospital plane thundered north from La Paz to the Canal Zone, each time carrying strictly quarantined, desperately ill patients plucked from the hinterlands of Bolivia for transfer to the modern facilities of Gorgas Hospital. First to land were Wisconsin-born Dr. Ronald MacKenzie, 38, and Panamanian Technician Angel Muñoz, 42. At Gorgas, the fearful diagnosis made in the field was confirmed: both were victims of a newly discovered and deadly disease, Bolivian hemorrhagic fever. By midweek, the C-130 with its doctor-nurse team had made...

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