Infectious Diseases: SPQ Against Malaria

SPQ Against Malaria

As U.S. troops extend their operations in Viet Nam, especially in the Central Highlands, the Viet Cong have found an ally in an especially severe form of malaria resistant to the most potent drugs. Now an Army doctor, Major Peter J. Bartelloni, reports in the A.M.A. Journal that the wonder druggists have done it again. A new, long-acting sulfa, sulformethoxine, developed in Britain, has sent the cure rate soaring and, just as dramatically, reduced the relapse rate.

The vicious falciparum type of malaria parasite is responsible for virtually...

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