Volume 14, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In late 1963 a program aimed at eradication of from the United States and its territories was initiated by the Public Health Service. The eradication of any species of insect from a sizable geographic area is a monumental task and involves meticulous planning, complicated logistics, and carefully controlled operations. The accomplishments and problems associated with the eradication program have broad implications relating to the control of vector-borne diseases in general. Therefore, a consideration of various aspects of the eradication program after about one year of operation is appropriate. The five papers which follow represent published versions of presentations which were made during a one-half day Symposium at the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New York, November, 1964.

The first paper by Soper is a description of the sequence of events leading to the present situation.


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