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.
Stephenson J. Mosquito Eaters Curb Dengue. JAMA. 2005;293(11):1316. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1316-a