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Benjamin Cabrera is a Filipino scientist who works as a physician and who is famous for his work on public health and medical parasitology. Cabrera studied and developed treatments for Filariasis, a tropical disease. He also conducted research into simian malaria and Ascariasis.
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BIOGRAPHY AND EDUCATION
- Benjamin Cabrera was born in the city of Tarlac, Philippines, on March 18, 1920. At the age of 25, Cabrera enrolled at the University of the Philippines for his university education.
- After achieving and graduating with his medical degree, Cabrera continued to pursue his studies in the United States. He enrolled in New Orleans, Louisiana at Tulane University.
- At university, Cabrera studied for his Master’s degree in public health and majored in public health and parasitology. He completed his Master’s degree in 1950.
- Later, Benjamin Cabrera became a prolific researcher who published over a hundred studies about medical parasitology and public health. Besides writing about and publishing his findings, Cabrera also made significant innovations that changed the way mosquito-borne diseases were treated.
- Cabrera also made significant progress in developing treatments for parasite-infested agricultural soil. His findings and innovations brought many benefits to his homeland, the Philippines, which relied heavily upon agriculture.
- Eleven years after graduating with his Master’s degree, Cabrera worked with Dr Lee M. Howard to conduct the very first study on simian malaria. Simian malaria is a type of malaria that can infect non-human primates naturally. This includes monkeys, apes, gorillas, tarsiers, baboons, and many more.
- This study was conducted in the Philippines in 1961. After gathering some essential data, they found that 8.6% of the animals they tested had malaria. However, the study suggested that not all cases of simian malaria that were found were significant. They concluded that simian malaria did not pose a threat to the people living in the Philippines.
CABRERA’S CONTRIBUTIONS: FILARIASIS
- Most of Cabrera’s work is about cures and treatments for diseases caused by mosquitos and agricultural soil. One of his most significant works was his research regarding a tropical disease called Filariasis.
- Filariasis is a disease which is infectious and parasitic and brought by an infestation of thread-like nematode worms that belong to the Filarioidea family. It is caused by small roundworms transmitted by mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects.
- Cabrera’s work about this infectious tropical disease earned him the Philippine Legion of Honor in 1996.
- Cabrera’s study showed the life cycle and the epidemiology of these parasitic worms. Later on, Cabrera devised drug treatments that could help in keeping the population safe from the disease.
- Cabrera also established ways in which the people living in the country could stay free of the mosquitoes that spread the parasites that led to the disease.
CABRERA’S CONTRIBUTIONS: ASCARIASIS
- Cabrera also worked on research about Ascariasis, a tropical disease caused by insects. The symptoms of this disease increase with the number of worms that are present. At the beginning of the disease, shortness of breath and fever are the symptoms.
- These symptoms may be followed by abdominal swelling, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The most commonly affected by Ascariasis are children. In this age group, the infection may also cause malnutrition, low weight gain, and learning problems.
- Cabrera proposed a model that shows the hazards produced by the soil-transmitted helminths were reduced. With the explanation or clarification of the epidemiology of these insects, precautionary measures with the method of drug treatments of human cases and the measurement in contradiction of the mosquito vectors can be instigated.
- Cabrera’s homeland, the Philippines, is both a tropical and agricultural country. That is why his work, studies, innovations, and developments were considered innovative and ground-breaking, and the Philippines benefited a lot from them.
- Cabrera’s work changed how the people lived and improved the quality of their lives. His findings helped the people and government in fighting and defending themselves against the many parasites around their environment.
- Also, several tropical countries besides the Philippines used Cabrera’s findings to protect their own citizens from the same diseases and infestations.
- Benjamin Cabrera was one of the most outstanding Filipino scientists. He may not be as famous as other Filipino scientists, but he was hardworking. Cabrera made a hundred scientific publications and research studies that helped a lot of exploration in his own field.
- In medicine, it is quite rare for someone to choose a specialization like parasitology. Indeed, Benjamin Cabrera’s works have been a great help and contribution to many tropical countries around the world like Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and many others.
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