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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 462-463
“Have you ever seen mosquito in the airplane?”: Risk implication

1 TWS Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China; University of Nis, Niš, Serbia; Joseph Ayobabalola University, Nigeria; Dr. DY Patil Medical University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Sukkaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. “Have you ever seen mosquito in the airplane?”: Risk implication. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:462-3

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Sukkaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. “Have you ever seen mosquito in the airplane?”: Risk implication. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Sep 19];10:462-3. Available from:
Dear Sir,

Mosquito-borne disease is a very important group of tropical infections. The control of the mosquito-borne disease is very important in public health but is very hard to do. An interesting concern is the emerging trend of expansion of the endemic area of many tropical mosquito-borne diseases to the new nontropical settings. A possible explanation is the good transportation system. Existence of mosquito vector in a new setting is a very interesting issue. This might relate to global warming. In addition, direct import of mosquitos due to contamination in the transporting vehicles should be mentioned. Here, the authors report an observation for a short simple survey. Overall, 100 travelers who use airplanes for traveling were asked, “have you ever seen mosquitos in the airplane?” Of interest, there were two travelers who mentioned that they had seen mosquitos in the airplane. If reporting by those travelers is a fact, it can be a serious thing. The previous situation of existence of yellow fever and dengue mosquito vector in Japan are the best examples.[1],[2] The transferring of mosquito vector from one setting to the other new setting can cause the abrupt change of vector ecology. If the environment is permitted, the emergence of mosquito-borne diseases can be expected. Finally, it should be noted that not only airplanes but also other types of vehicles such as a ferry can be a problematic vehicle that transports mosquito vector to a new setting.[3]

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.208688

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