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April 20, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(16):1161-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600160031012

With the approach of the summer season the annual problem of the fly and its possible menace to health and comfort is presented for serious consideration. Despite the enthusiasm with which the antifly campaigns have been launched in various localities within the past few years, there are many persons who question seriously whether the effort and expense inevitably involved are worth while when considered primarily from the standpoint of the public health. There can be little question that the fly is a nuisance and deserves to be eliminated from the neighborhood of human habitations on grounds of comfort and cleanliness, if not on the basis of danger to health. With respect to the latter aspect of the subject there is no overabundance of evidence as clearcut as now exists with reference to the noxious mosquito. Decisive facts are therefore always to be welcomed.

The common house fly, Musca domestica, can