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"Italian Malaria Prevention" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A short report on Italian malaria prevention methods in WWII, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 33, September 9, 1943.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


It is reported in an Italian navy circular dated March of this year, that Italchina* is issued to Italian navy personnel as a prophylactic against malaria. It is issued on two consecutive days each week in three doses totalling 30 centigrams. Personnel stationed in central and southern Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Albania, Greece, the Aegean area and North Africa received this prophylactic treatment in the 1 May to 15 November period. Men stationed in northern Italy, Russia and Yugo-Slavia got Italchina pills from 15 May to 31 October. Quinine is only used as a cure and not as a prophylactic against malaria.

*Examination of captured Italian medical supplies reveal that this is identical with our atabrine.


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