It is impossible to find a person who loves these insects! Everyone is well aware of their characteristic sound that interferes with sleep. And that’s not to mention the irritation that remains after a bite. On World Mosquito Day, we want to remind people of the dangers that bloodsuckers bring with them.
Did you know that mosquitoes are carriers of infections? In 1897, Ronald Ross (a British physician and parasitologist) discovered that mosquitoes transmit malaria. The discovery brought him the Nobel Prize in 1902, and for humanity a holiday that gives understanding of the further struggle.
Historians believe that the disease appeared in the first millennium BC. Some documents testify to this. Another thing is surprising – about half a million people die from the disease every year, but the vaccine has not been invented. Experts are looking for a solution every day, but to no avail.
The best way to avoid the disease is to learn more about it and avoid insect bites.
Malaria has affected almost all continents, but has spread more in Africa and South Asia. Doctors are concerned about the situation to this day.
Perhaps you didn’t know that:
- there are more than 3,600 species of mosquitoes, but this is far from the final figure;
- the biggest problem for them is the wind: it just blows away due to its low weight;
- it takes about 1.3 million individuals to drink the blood of an adult;
- mosquitoes do not squeak – the sound comes from rattling wings;
- insects have teeth;
- Malaria can be contracted in one bite.
How to celebrate
Donate to mosquito control organizations or build your own community. Share accurate information about the disease and methods of struggle with your friends so that more people know about its existence.
When is World Mosquito Day celebrated in 2022?
World Mosquito Day is observed on August 20 each year.