Malaria In North Sumatera Province The Situation and Characteristics
Lubis, Chairuddin P.
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Malaria is a chronic, invalid-producing disease which does not directly kill more than 1 or 2 per-cent of its victims, although it is often a major cause of infant mortality. The disease results in increasing the number of deaths from other causes and it reduces life expectancy, except in epidemic times, it is insidious rather than dramatic. Nevertheless over centuries, malaria has had a profound influence on thousands of communities throughout the world. But there is ample testimony to the fact that malaria has been one of the great scourges of humanity because of its deleterious stunting of physical and mental development, its notorious restricting of social and national growth, and its blighting of agriculture, commerce and industry.