Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for September
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Austrian orphans infected with malaria

Orphans under the care of the Austrian state in the 1950s and 1960s were infected with malaria as part of a set of experiments looking for a cure against syphilis, an expert commission has revealed.

The children in care were some of the 230 people who the commission believe were experimented on by being injected with the parasite that causes malaria in the period between 1951 and 1969.

The revelations have come about after an Austrian expert commission of historians investigated a state-run orphanage operating in that period. The investigation was started to look into accusations made by former wardens of the orphanage about the treatment of people at the institution.

At the time of the experiments, an effective treatment for syphilis had already been invented in the 1940s - penicillin. Previous to penicillin, infecting someone with malaria parasite had been a commonly used treatment, because the high fevers and prolonged fevers often cured rid the patient of syphilis.

But by the 1950s penicillin has replaced this as a less controversial treatment method, making case of treatment at the orphanage even more unusual.

The investigations carried out by the expert commission are ongoing and it has not been revealed whether anyone died as a result of these experiments.

Malaria is a disease normally passed on to humans through mosquitoes living at certain points above sea level and without treatment can often be fatal, particularly for children under 5-years-old.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
ongoing  investigation  malaria  1950s  orphans  died  orphanage  fevers  penicillin  expert  patient  syphilis  method  Austrian  parasite  commission  controversial  experiments  children  infected

Latest News

 

Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.

Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.

Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.

Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.

Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.

Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.

Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.

Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning in a swimming pool.

Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.

Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers