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See: DDT spraying pictures (polio, malaria)

A U.S. soldier is demonstrating DDT-hand spraying equipment. DDT was used to control the spread of typhus-carrying lice.

1944-6 Going west into France, being dusted with DDT at the border control stations.

DDT, the powerful synthetic pesticide once thought to be harmless unless ingested, was used liberally on boll weevils and humans alike. Typhus outbreaks in the countries entered by the U.S. armies during World War II were stopped cold by DDT, sprayed directly on people, clothing and bedding -- even sprayed by air over entire cities.