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Tennessee Department of Public Health Bulletin, April 1954

Tennessee Department of Public Health
Tennessee Department of Public Health
April, 1954

As malaria rates steadily declined in Tennessee in the 1930s and 1940s, focus shifted toward the more generalized field of vector control. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) was created in 1945 and was initially sprayed in Tennessee to kill mosquitos, ending malaria once and for all. Soon after DDT’s creation, however, sanitation and vector control workers noticed it was effective at killing other insects, too. Therefore, the field of malaria control shifted into the field of insect vector control. This article from the Tennessee Department of Public Health, published in 1954, outlines the history of vector control in Tennessee.

History of Medicine Collections, Vanderbilt University Libraries