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J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2013 Mar;29(1):78-80.

Child outdoor physical activity is reduced by prevalence of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus.

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Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA.

Abstract

We tested the hypothesis that day-biting mosquitoes contribute to child obesity by reducing opportunities for summer outdoor play. The influence of Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) prevalence on child outdoor physical activity was compared in 2 matched urban communities, one treated for mosquito abatement and one untreated. More time was spent outdoors by children where abatement took place.

PMID:
23687862
DOI:
10.2987/12-6296R.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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