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January 13, 1923

Mosquito Eradication.

JAMA. 1923;80(2):131. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640290061035

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The public is beginning to realize that the average town can free itself from malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases for much less than it costs to endure them. Practical demonstrations, which the author recounts in this book, have been made at Roanoke Rapids, N. C., Electric Mills, Miss., and Crossett, Ark., by the St. Louis and Southwestern Railroad, and by the federal government during the mobilization of troops in the South. In a single year at Crossett before mosquito eradication was begun, physicians' calls for malaria totaled 2,502; the number of calls dropped the year antimosquito work started to 741, a difference of 1,761. Assuming that physicians made two calls to each case of malaria, the reduction effected by mosquito eradication work was 880 cases; and estimating the cost of each case at $15—wages lost, decreased efficiency, physicians' fees and medicine—the money value of the saving was $13,200. The actual

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