Aedes albopictus in North America: probable introduction in used tires from northern Asia

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Science  29 May 1987:
Vol. 236, Issue 4805, pp. 1114-1116
DOI: 10.1126/science.3576225


North American strains of Aedes albopictus, an Asian mosquito recently introduced into the Western Hemisphere, exhibit photoperiodic sensitivity and cold-hardiness characteristics similar to strains originating from temperate zone Asia. Trade statistics for used tire imports, the most likely mode of introduction, also indicate a north Asian origin. Aedes albopictus, an important vector of dengue and a potential vector of many other arboviral diseases, may therefore have the capability of infesting much of temperate North America.