I hope you'll forgive me for bothering you with the following matter.
My assistant for the past ten years, Mr. Abdiel Adames, is anxious to continue work in the States toward his Ph.D. in Medical
Entomology. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Panama and spent one year doing research in Medical Entomology under
Dr. Augusto Corradetti of the Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome, through a fellowship granted by the Italian Government.
Adames has been accepted for graduate work at U.C.L.A. and plans to study there under John Belkin. Since he hasn't the
financial means to pay his way through college, he has applied for an O.A.S. scholarship. I have been informed that he has
met all the requirements asked of candidates and that his application will be considered during the next week by the final
Selection Committee, in which the authoritative voice is that of Dr. Marcos Charnes (Chief of the section on Scholarships
of PAHO). Knowing your great influence in PAHO circles, I have written this letter to ask you to put in a good word for Adames
with Dr. Charnes.
I would like to assure you that I never ask for these types of favors, but I have made an exception in this case not only
because after 15 years of searching high and low in Panama, I have found in Adames a likely candidate for superior research
in the field of medical entomology, but also, because I feel that we are in dire need of good medical entomologists in the
tropics to take the place of us who will be soon getting too old to move around as we should. I might add that Adames has
received a glowing recommendation from Dr. Corradetti and has also been strongly recommended by Drs. Young and Fairchild.
I guess you have heard from Dr. Young about some of the latest developments on jungle yellow fever in Panama. Since September
of last year we have accumulated enough serological evidence to convince us that there has been recent yellow fever activity
in southern Darien, near the Colombian border. We collected over 150 monkey sera from several points in this area and have
found more than 30% of clear-cut positives (that is sera which gave a strong positive reaction against a yellow fever antigen
and were negative against antigens of other group B viruses). These positives include several juveniles less than 2 years
old and one infant. At the same time a group of more than 40 monkey sera collected recently between the Bayano river and
the Panama Canal were completely negative. We have interpreted these findings as showing recent yellow fever activity in
southern Darien province which has not managed to spread to central Panama. This failure may be due to a complete break in
the transmission chain during the severe and prolonged dry season experienced early in 1965, or it may be that the virus is
slowly and silently creeping northwestwardly through the remote and unpopulated area of northern Darien. In order to investigate
the latter possibility, we now have a crew collecting monkey sera in the upper reaches of the Chucunayue river basin in the
vicinity of the Cuna indian villages of Morti and Uala. We'll keep you posted on further developments.
Thanking you in advance for whatever you may be able to do for Adames. I remain,