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This 1997 photo depicts the locks at the Pacific Ocean-end of the Panama Canal. Historically, the narrow 40 mile isthmus attracted the interest of developers in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Although a formidable engineering challenge, the terrain was less daunting than the disease-carrying mosquitoes of the region. Under the leadership of Colonel William C. Gorgas, U.S. Army, M.D., public health officials instituted sanitation measures that eliminated the yellow fever- and malaria-carrying mosquitoes, which made building the canal possible. Currently the Canal Zone is a tourist destination. It is important for all travelers to be aware of the potential health hazards of both foreign and domestic travel.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Edwin P. Ewing, Jr.
Creation Date:1997
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CDC Organization
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