The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

‘‘HAV­ING spent two months trav­el­ling in the pri­mary rain­forests of Bor­neo, a four-month jour­ney in the coun­try be­tween the Orinoco and the Ama­zon [rivers] would pose, I thought, no par­tic­u­lar prob­lem . . . There are no leeches that go for you in the Ama­zon jun­gles, an ab­sence that would rep­re­sent, I felt, a great im­prove­ment on life in Bor­neo. But then there are much the same amoe­bic and bacil­lary dysen­ter­ies, yel­low and black­wa­ter and dengue fevers, malaria, cholera, ty­phoid, rabies, hep­ati­tis and tu­ber­cu­lo­sis — plus one or two very spe­cial ex­tras.’’

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