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Creating drainage ditches for malaria control near Charleston, South Carolina.

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Presented by the Federal Security Agency and the U. S. Public Health Service. Produced by the Communicable Disease Center with the cooperation of the State Board of Health of South Carolina.

At the beginning, the audio commentary explains how swamps have been associated with increased malaria risk and describes actions of swamp inspectors and larvacide sprayers. The audio commentary gives a detailed explanation of how malaria control engineers planned for swamp drainage and how labor crews dug hand ditches to discharge swamp waters. This film includes scenes of swamps in South Carolina, water flow in finished ditches, and drained out swamps with many felled trees. The film also shows wading inspectors dipping for larvae with pots on sticks and collecting larvae into test tubes, crews spraying larvacide with gas-masks, public health officials pointing over a swamp, engineers surveying in a swamp, and labor crews digging and tapping ponds.

KEY WORDS: Malaria control, swamp, Anopheles quadrimaculatus, larvaciding, engineering, ditch, drainage, discharge.


U. S. National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, Images and Archives Section at the National Institutes of Health, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894


“HAND DITCHING,” The Global Health Chronicles, accessed July 22, 2024, https://globalhealthchronicles.org/items/show/5185.