Infectious Diseases: More Action, More Malaria

"Next to girls," says Colonel Spurgeon Neel Jr., chief medical officer of the U.S. Military Assistance Command in Viet Nam, "the thing that American troops in Viet Nam talk about most is malaria." The malaria casualty count has been rising sharply as U.S. forces expand their efforts in the very parts of the country where the disease is rampant (TIME, Aug. 20).

Through the first nine months of this year, the malaria attack rate among U.S. forces was only 30 per 1,000 men per year (as contrasted with the World

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