Figting skeeters in Guatemala

Stocktonian Rick Ware.

From time to time, the U.S. Navy sends a blurb about a Stocktonian serving in the Navy. Here’s the latest.

“PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala – Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Rick Ware, from Stockton, California, assigned to the Preventive Medicine team, displays a mosquito breeder containing mosquito larvae collected at the Izabal Sports Complex medical site in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala during Continuing Promise 2018.”

The Navy didn’t say what diseases South American mosquitoes carry, but Google did:  “Chagas disease, chikungunya , dengue fever , leishmaniasis , malaria , onchocerciasis (river blindness), West Nile virus, and Zika virus.”

Adds the Navy, “U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet has deployed a force to execute Continuing Promise to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements, and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America. (U.S. Navy photo).”

I wonder if Ware had any idea when he joined the Navy that he’d end up fighting mosquitoes in Guatemala. Good humanitarian work, though.

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