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September 15, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(11):865-866. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520110049011

It has often been noted that mosquitoes seem to have special likes and dislikes and that some persons are much more annoyed by them than others. Now that the question of disease conveyance has become a more important consideration than the annoyance, the reasons for this special liking for individuals are being carefully studied by a number of observers. A summary of these observations and an account of a series of recent experiments have been made by Professor Galli-Valerio,1 director of the Institute for Experimental Hygiene and Parasitology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He has found that the color of the clothes worn by the individual has most to do with the supposed preferences of the mosquito. His experiments were conducted with various forms of anopheles. Nearly four times as many of these mosquitoes lighted on darkcolored clothes in a given time as on light colors. This

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