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Benjamin D. Cabrera was born on March 18th 1920 in the Philippines. He is a physician who has focused his research on public health and parasitology.

He earned his Medicine degree at the University of the Philippines in 1945, and then decided to carry on his education at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA. He gained a Master's Degree in Public Health, majoring in Medical Parasitology and Public Health and graduating in 1950. Over his career, Cabrera published over a hundred studies concerning his major focus of public health and parasitology.

He made a few contributions to the science world over the course of his life. He helped to develop innovations in drug treatments against disease caused by mosquitoes and agricultural soil. In 1961 Cabrera and Lee M. Howard made the very first study of simian malaria in the Philippines, finding the startling result that the disease occurred in 8.6 percent of the animals tested. Despite this, the report concluded that the simian reservoir of malaria in the Philippines was of limited significance to the human population. Preventative measures in the form of drug treatments of human cases as well as measure against the mosquito vectors can be implemented because of the elucidation of the epidemiology. Dr. Cabrera also worked on studying ascariasis, and with the model he proposed, the hazards produced by the soil-transmitted helminths were reduced.

He received a number of accolades, including the Philippine Legion of Honor - a presidential award - in 1996.
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Doctor Benjamin Cabrera, a Filipino, has written more than a hundred scientific publications on medical parasitology and public health - in particular research on filariasis. He developed innovations in drug treatments against diseases caused by mosquitoes and agricultural soil.

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