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Mesocyclops is a genus of copepod crustaceans in the family Cyclopidae.

Species include:

Mesocyclops is used as a nontoxic and inexpensive form of biological mosquito control. The Mesocyclops crustaceans can be easily harvested, bred and released into freshwater containers where the Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae (the vector of Dengue fever) live. A big advantage of the Mesocyclops is that it is possible to teach schoolchildren how to recognize and collect them so that communities are able to perform sustainable mosquito control without much professional or governmental assistance.

A field trial in Vietnammarker has shown that large-scale elimination of Aedes aegypti larvae is possible. Because Mesocyclops is a host for the Guinea worm (the pathogen causing dracunculiasis), this method cannot be used in a small number of countries where the Guinea worm still occurs. Another issue is that cultural traditions may not allow the introduction of animals into freshwater storage vessels.

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