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The low-tech approach to Zika

The low-tech approach to Zika

Even though Zika virus is unlikely to be spread by mosquitoes in Maryland, its arrival here this month is a wake-up call to restore our strength in public health — something we were much better at in the last century.

Look at how the country eradicated malaria in 1951, for example. (We had already gotten under control typhoid, cholera, smallpox and diphtheria decades earlier in Baltimore, Boston, New York and the surrounding populations.) Dr. L. L. Williams of the Centers for Disease Control rallied public health departments from 13 states, and they rallied their citizens to declare war on the mosquito.

Community engagement is the bedrock of public health practice, and...

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