Focuses on the impact of African trypanosomiasis, carried by the tsetse fly, on people, livestock, water supplies, and overall well-being in equatorial Africa. The life cycle of the fly is described and shown microscopically. The health effects on humans and livestock are described and shown. Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and eradication efforts are described and shown. Western health officials in charge of the eradication work concluded that widespread spraying of DDT by airplane across forests and villages was the most effective strategy for reducing the tsetse fly population, resulting in improved quality of life for villagers. Film footage was taken during the US Navy African Expedition of 1948, which spanned 11 months and nearly 21,000 miles between Cairo, Egypt, and Capetown, South Africa.
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Gift; Michael Rhode, Bureau of Navy Medicine ; 20120412; Acc# 2012-11.