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Abstract

Aircraft disinsection review in New Zealand.

Abstract

The accidental introduction of exotic mosquito species to New Zealand via ships or aircraft is discussed, and the findings of the Aircraft Disinsection Review, conducted in New Zealand in 1987, are briefly reviewed. New Zealand is one of the few countries to enforce on-arrival disinsection of aircraft, and the evidence suggests that not a single mosquito species has been introduced to New Zealand since long before the days of international aviation.<new para>ADDITIONAL ABSTRACT:<new para>A review in 1987, commissioned by the New Zealand Department of Health, concluded that to maintain its "pest free" status the country must maintain its policy of aircraft disinsection, with treatment recommended by the World Health Organization. Its 16 recommendations are listed.newline˜D.W. FitzSimons