A Symposium on the Eradication of Aedes Aegypti in the United States: Introduction

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  • Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D. C.

In late 1963 a program aimed at eradication of Aedes aegypti 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 Aedes aegypti eradication program have broad implications relating to the control of vector-borne diseases in general. Therefore, a consideration of various aspects of the Aedes aegypti 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.