Re: malaria

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUNIX.WSU.EDU)
Thu, 19 Jan 1995 07:47:16 -0800

Todd, I can't help you with sources on your malaria question, but hope
that you re-post your findings. In Papua New Guinea I've been in
discussions about malaria resistance with a lot of 'ex-pats' and all
remark on how individually variable it is. George Nurse (yes, the same
anthropologist-medic who did studies of race in South Africa) tells me
that New Guinea villagers seem to become resistant to the local serotypes
of malaria and become ill only when they've been visiting outside their
home range. This observation seems to fit my villagers pretty well. They
complained that their outbreaks were usually heaviest around Christmas
(when people are visiting a lot, coming in from town etc.). They didn't
explain it that way, but they noticed the holiday linkage.

Harriet Whitehead
Anthro, WSU

On Wed, 18 Jan 1995, Todd N Nims wrote:

> I am writing a paper for an Intro Physical Anthro. course dealing with
> malaria and human defenses against it. The most obvios example would be
> sickle-cell anemia, but I am also interested in how people in South and
> Central America and Southeast Asia are able to survive it. I am looking
> for journal articles and books dealing with these subjects. Thank you in
> advance.
> Todd N. Nims
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> Auburn University, AL