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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

Lake Trasimene

Lake Trasimene

The Trasimene area gave less trouble as it was not a malarious area and there was a lowered incidence of venereal disease.

Water supply provided some difficulty as the local supply near the lake was unsatisfactory and water had to be drawn from Foligno, Perugia, and other surrounding areas. The lake water was unfortunately very dirty and generally unsuitable even for bathing. Bathing was available at Foligno. Skin infestations became very common and all blankets were disinfested, a thousand being done daily. All buildings were sprayed with DDT to counteract flies, mosquitoes, bedbugs, cockroaches, and fleas.