Mosquitoes of public health importance and their control
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Mosquitoes of public health importance and their control

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      Mosquitoes cause great suffering and economic loss because of their blood sucking habits. They are vectors of malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and filariasis, four of the most important diseases of the tropical and subtropical parts of the world today. Fortunately control programs and climate have now reduced these diseases to a minor or historical importance in the United States. On the other hand, epidemics of three types of encephalitis continue to occur in many parts of this country and are the most important mosquito-borne diseases in the United States today.

      Because mosquitoes play an important role in the transmission of encephalitis, and cause great discomfort and misery by their bites, there has been a great expansion recently in mosquito control activities. The Surgeons General of the U.S. Army and Public Health Service have emphasized the point that pest mosquitoes are important to human health as their continued annoyance affects physical efficiency and comfort, mental equanimity, and the enjoyment of life.

      In this training guide the importance of mosquitoes to human health will be considered as well as their biology, habits, identification and control. Survey and evaluation measures are also discussed, as well as training aids for supporting a program. A list of “ Selected References” is included to permit the reader to delve deeper into the subject matter in the very extensive literature.

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