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Item title: Malaria in the Japanese forces
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 12/58)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS research reports
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 12/58
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 12/-
Item: RR-81
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 62 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 8/7/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:54th Infantry Regt 4th Coy
17th Div Medical Dept
20th Div 1st Field Hospital
Names: HITAGA Tsuyoshi, Maj; NAGATA Shiro, Maj
Languages: English
Area:Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)
Sio [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Huon Peninsula, Fortification Point–Sio Area]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) research report issued on 8 July 1944 on malaria in the Japanese forces. This report contains information on the different types of malaria, prevention methods, treatment methods and incidence rates in various parts of Melanesia and the Philippines. The appendix includes a chart of different types of malaria and their special characteristics, a report (dated 12 July 1943) on clinical experiments in treating malaria by Major HITAGA Tsuyoshi, and the staff of 20th Division 1st Field Hospital Sio area, and a case history (dated 27 December 1943) of a tropical malaria patient from 54th Infantry Regiment, 4th Company, issued by Major NAGATA Shiro, of 17th Division Medical Department.

ATIS researchers concluded that the Japanese had, and expected to have, a high rate of complications from malaria and an unusually high death rate. But Japanese forces suffered as heavily from recurrent malaria as Allied forces. Allied military planners could use such information to ascertain the proportion of Japanese forces incapacitated by the disease. ATIS estimated that the malaria rate was close to 100 per cent.
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