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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 17 (November 1945)

Highlights of policy,   pp. 5-9 PDF (2.4 MB)


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troops exists among the civilian popu-
lation, and penicillin has been. ade-
quately provided, subject to strict Mili-
tary Government supervision, for the
treating of persons so infected.
All control measures have been
applied to reduce the troops' venereal
disease rate to a minimum, iand Mili-
tary Government is pressing a similar
campaign among civilians. In line with
the latter, Military Governmentriequires
the reporting of all cases, examination
of contacts and suspects and thetrseat-
ment of all cases in civil venereal
disease detention hospitals.
Military Government only authorizes
the use of penicillin for the treatment
of gonorrhea, and there is a severe
penalty for the misuse of the drug.
THREAT OF INFLUENZA
Influenza: Although there has not
been a marked increase in influenza,
its occurrence presents a constant
threat of an outbreak which would
'overshadow all other matters of con-
ceern in the field of communicable dis-
ease and epidemic control. A plan is
in progress for establishing "influenza
watch stations", where cases and sus-
pected cases will receive special la-
boratory and clinical study.
Scabies: The third disease in order
of prevalence, scabies has increased
due to the shortage of soap and lack
of personal hygiene facilities. Require-
ments have been submitted to provide
benzyl benzoate to be used in treat-
ments in preference to the usual Ger-
man medications which are inferior in
their scabicidal value.
Scarlet Fever: This has been held
under control, and there is no cause;
for major concern. Responsible for this,
are such control measures as re-
cognition of the disease and reporting,,
isolation 'of cases and quarantine of
contacts, and concurrent and terminal
disinfe~station.. Many children receive
immunization for scarlet fever with
diphteria inoculations, but this proce-
dure is voluntary since it has not as
yet been established as effective.
Dysentery: Infectious dysentery has
decreased. This is attributed to im-
provement in the hygienic and sanitary,
conditions as a whole and to better
control of water and food sanitation.
Typhus Fever: This disease is well
under control, with eight cases report-
ed during October. Control of typhus
at present is primarily a training pro-
gram. The Germans are being schooled
in accomplishing early recognition,
effecting reporting of cases and iso-
lation and then applying thorough dis-
infestation of the patient and contacts
and an adequately large section of the
environment to 'ensure that no lice ar~e
permitted to transmit the disease to
'other individuals. It is expected, with
the large-scale movement of people and
poor sanitary conditions, that cases
SWill continue to occur as well as oc-
casional sporadic outbreaks.
An anti-typhus program in the field
has been implemented by the alloca-
tion and delivery of DDT stockpiles
to each Regierungsbezirk and hand
dusters for immediate disinfestation
when typhus is reported. Power
dusters have been delivered and are in
use in some Regierungsblezirke.
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