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Mosquito: The Story of Mankind's Deadliest Foe

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 04 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:289
  1. David Brewster (, clinical dean
  1. Northern Territory Clinical School, Darwin, Australia

    Andrew Spielman, Michael D'Antonio

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    Faber and Faber, £10.99, pp 248

    ISBN 0 571 20980 7

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    With climate change and increased international travel, mosquito borne illnesses are flaring up all over the globe. This book tells the story of some of the mosquito species that contribute to human diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, filariasis, and viral encephalitis.

    One such species is Culex pipiens, which lives in towns and cities rather than swamps and which caused the epidemic of West Nile viral encephalitis in New York city in 1999. How did a mosquito borne virus from Africa get to …

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