C. F. RAMOS FILHO, M.D., M.SC.
To the editor: In his editorial (1), Dr. Monath expresses concern about the potential introduction of the Asian mosquito, Aedes albopictus, into Latin America. Unfortunately, this has already happened (2). This species was discovered last year in Brazil, and preliminary studies have found it to be disseminated in three states (Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, and Minas Gerais) in a discontinuous distribution. Although in every instance so far A. albopictus has been found breeding near human dwellings, it was found in some semirural locations, making quite real Dr. Monath's concern about this vector obtaining a firm, sylvatic foothold.
RAMOS FILHO CF. Aedes albopictus, Yellow Fever, and the Americas. Ann Intern Med. ;106:333. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-333_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):333.
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