Quarantine Problems Associated with the Importation of Bananas from Mexico1

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U. S. Public Health Service quarantine personnel inspected 100 trucks carrying Mexican bananas as they were unloaded in Brownsville, Texas, in 1964-65. Of the animals recovered of possible public health interest, 5 species of vertebrates and 31 species of invertebrates have been identified. Included are several species not established in the United States. Rice rats, Oryzomys couesi (Alston), and harvest mice, Reithrodontomys fulvescens J. A. Allen. were the commonest rodents taken. An average of a rat or a mouse was captured for approximately each 2 trucks examined. This study suggests that present quarantine regulations should be strengthened to prevent more effectively the entrance of potential reservoirs and vectors of zoonotic infections in bananas and other fruit or vegetables imported by land vehicles.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1966

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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