Benjamin Cabrera Facts

Benjamin Cabrera Facts
Benjamin Cabrera (March 18, 1920 to present) is a doctor from the Philippines whose important contributions to the study of parasitology and its effect on public health have saved countless lives.
Interesting Benjamin Cabrera Facts:
Benjamin Cabrera became a doctor in 1945 after earning his degree at the University of the Philippines.
From there he went on to Tulane University to finish his studies in medicine.
In 1950, he completed his studies at Tulane with degrees in public health and major parasitology.
He has written more than one hundred different studies on how parasites impact the public.
These studies led to innovations by Cabrera, especially in drugs to treat parasites carried by mosquitos and in the soil.
He began important work on malaria studies in 1961, along with Dr. Lee M. Howard.
One of Cabrera's chief contributions was his research into filariasis, a disease caused by a roundworm spread by infected mosquitos.
There are eight different varieties of the Filarioidea roundworm that infect humans.
Cabrera's work on filariasis earned him numerous honors, including the Philippine Legion of Honor in 1966. This award is given by the country's president for important contributions to society.
Cabrera's research into these roundworms led to the development of a drug that prevented the parasite from infecting the individual.
Cabrera is also known for his contributions in controlling ascariasis, a disease caused by another infectious roundworm, Ascaris lumbricoides.
Ascariasis was particularly worrisome due to the fact that 85% of cases exhibit no symptoms, meaning the infected individual does not seek treatment and can continue to spread the worm's eggs.
Ascaris worms are particularly troublesome as they burrow through the gut wall until they reach the lungs, where they take root in the alveoli.
The ascaris worms are spread through infected soil, and Cabrera's work sought to reduce the number of infections through contaminated soil.
Cabrera's work has been important in understanding how these parasites are spread, as well as how to treat and prevent resulting infections from the parasites.

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