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The World in Medicine
March 16, 2005

Mosquito Eaters Curb Dengue

JAMA. 2005;293(11):1316. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1316-a

A novel strategy to control mosquitoes has proven successful in curbing dengue fever, report researchers from Australia and Vietnam (Kay and Vu. Lancet. 2005;365:613-617).

The method involves inoculating large water storage containers (common breeding grounds for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the major vector of dengue) with tiny copepod crustaceans called Mesocyclops, which feed on mosquito larvae. Community education and activities such as collecting discarded containers were also important components of the effort.

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