One-eyed crustaceans are used successfully to kill mosquitos
January 15, 2007 1:42pm CST
It is often incorrectly quoted that mosquitos kill more people than any other animal. Actually, it is not mosquitos that kill people but the parasite they carry that causes malaria. Approximately 300 million people worldwide are affected by malaria and about 1,5 million die from it every year. Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites carried by female mosquitos. There are about 380 species of mosquito, but only 60 transmit the parasite. Australian and Vietnamese scientists use the mesocyclops, a tiny one-eyed shrimp-like creature, to combat mosquitos successfully. Wherever they are placed, the mesocyclops destroy between 96% and 100% of the mosquitos.
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