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August 17, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(7):453. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470330035004

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Since the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes is an established fact, and that of yellow fever hardly less so, the question of the transmission of the mosquitoes themselves rises into importance. It has been said— and this has been used as an evidence of the possibility of exterminating them—that they seldom fly far from home, but are essentially local in their habits. This may be true to a certain extent, and yet the locality may be more or less extensive; there may also be striking exceptions to the rule. The mosquito may be a home-loving body, but the Wander-lust may at times overcome her— it is the female mosquito that bites—or she may be transported against her will. There are localities where, according to the popular belief, mosquitoes were unknown until some railroad or canal was opened to traffic to the place, and then they became the usual nuisance. A

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