Community effectiveness of copepods for dengue vector control: systematic review

Added October 24, 2016

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Studies on the use of cyclopoid copepods as a single intervention is limited and available data suggest that it works in some communities only under certain criteria.  

Dengue, “the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral infection”, is currently prevented through vector control. One of these is using copepods to control mosquitos, but this method has difficult practical applications in the community. This systematic review aims to investigate the global evidence for community effectiveness of copepods for dengue vector control. Eleven studies were included; five reported successes in reducing larval and adult density indices, but the other six studies did not. All the successful studies were conducted in one country (Vietnam) and by the same group of authors.