Natalie Gulbis has withdrawn from the LPGA Founders Cup because of malaria contracted during the tour’s Asian swing.The LPGA Tour and the International Management Group said Wednesday that Gulbis is being treated at home in Las Vegas and is expected to be at full strength in three weeks.
As our friend Wiserbud notes at H2, “Rachel Carson scores again!”
US casualties to malaria in World War II, at Guadalcanal, and in Italy, drained troop strength greatly. Extraordinary measures to combat mosquitoes, including the liberal use of DDT, eventually brought rates of infection down.
But the near universal ban on DDT means that millions of people around the world still die or suffer needlessly from malaria (and a host of other diseases), including US troops.
We’ve become so accustomed to successfully defeating a host of diseases our parent and grandparent lived in dread of that we forget the threat is real.