“Diseases on Offer”
Life for those living on the jebel was extremely tough. The indigenous jebalis lived both in caves and also in their round shelters of stone and stick that they built as near to established water supplies as possible. A smoky poorly ventilated cave which you share with your livestock and squadrons of biting insects is both unpleasant and conducive to the spread of communicable disease. In addition to the disagreeable interventions that SOAF dispensed from the air there were on hand various endemic diseases to add their miseries.
The variety of “diseases on offer” can broadly be defined into bacterial, viral and parasitic. The chances of being afflicted depended on your current location and accommodation, how well prepared you were and what preventative measures you had or had not taken.
Swimming at Salalah? That was only for the 3 days of R&R that they gave us. If we were very lucky we would be at the base at Mughsayl for the weekend but that did not happen very often. We’d go to the fresh water hole for a swim, but swimming in the sea was regarded as too dangerous.