This page provides access points for primary sources related to different tropical diseases in the early 20th century. Studying disease often requires researchers to connect the lived experience with the science of the disease and medicine. That means looking at pictures but also reading government reports, medical journals, and more.
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Beriberi is a disease in which the body does not have enough thiamine (vitamin B1). For more information, check out MedlinePlus.
Cholera is caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae. For more information, check out the CDC's website.
Dengue is a viruses spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species (Ae. aegypti or Ae. albopictus) mosquito. The CDC provides a description of what malaria is on their website.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS if not treated. The CDC provides a description and recommendations for prevention on their website.
Hookworm, Ascaris, and whipworm are known as soil-transmitted helminths (parasitic worms). For more information, check out the CDC's website.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The CDC provides a description and recommendations for prevention on their website.
Maleria is is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. The CDC provides a description of what malaria is on their website.
Plague is a disease that affects humans and other mammals. It is caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. For more, see the CDC's website.
African Trypanosomiasis, also known as “sleeping sickness,” is caused by microscopic parasites of the species Trypanosoma brucei. For more information, see the CDC's website.