These annoying summertime pests called mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on our planet as they kills most people around the world every year than any other animal.
As they are responsible for spreading malaria a disease which kills over half a million people every year.
It was Ronald Ross who first identified that the malaria disease is transmitted through mosquitoes and thus he revolutionalized our understanding of the disease and helped in prevention of the disease.
And thus World Mosquito Day is observed on August 20th as it commemorates the day on which Ronald Ross made his discovery.
|Event||World Mosquito Day|
|Date||August 20, 2022|
|Significance||Concern the population against the world's deadliest animal|
|Observed by||World wide|
World Mosquito Day History:
Malaria as a disease has been around from a long time but it was only in 1897 that we came to know about its source. This disease made its way to Europe in 1st century CE when it arrived in Rome.
In 79 CE malaria decimated a huge chunk of the Rome's Campafma region population and it had a so longing impact that it remained sparsely populated until the 19th century.
The World Mosquito Day commemorates and honors the day when Sir Ronald Ross, a British army surgeon working in India discovered that malaria is transmitted by the mosquitoes. He did it by identifying a pigmented malaria parasites in mosquitoes that fed on an infected patient.
This discovery turned out to be revolutionary for our understanding of the disease and thus it helped in creating preventive measures for the disease. Ross also won the Nobel Proze for his discovery in Physiology in 1902.
Then Ross declared this day as the first World Mosquito Day with an statement that the world must be aware of the link between the mosquitoes and malaria.
World Mosquito Day Significance:
The best way to prevent malaria is to avoid getting bitten by the mosquitoes. However it is not easy as mosquitoes are sneaky troublers and they know how to sneak bite to us. So in order to prevent them from coming towards you, you need to use mosquitoes repellents which includes things like sprays, insecticides, usage of net while sleeping and there are many products in the market.
Today malaria is one of the major leading cause of deaths worldwide and hence it must not be taken lightly. Mosquitoes today are present in all the six continents of the world except Antarctica and wherever there's a mosquito there is a chance of getting malaria.
However malaria today is most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean. Infact about 90% of all the malaria related deaths worldwide are reported in Sub-Saharan Africa only. Every year over 200 million people get affected with malaria with each year and in that about half a million succumbs to death annually.
Hence malaria continues to be one of the major problems that our world face today and to eradicate this deadly disease which has existed from so long awareness is the only key and after that execution is required as then only our world will be free of malaria one day.
World Mosquito Day Facts:
Let's learn about some of the fascinating facts about this deadly insect called mosquitoes:
- Only female mosquitoes bites as they requires to feed on your blood to develop their eggs.
- Mosquitoes causes various harmful seases like Malaria, Dengue and Zika which combined cause about 1 million deaths per year.
- Mosquitoes are very slow compared to other insects like flies and wasps.
- Mosquitoes are attracted towards carbon dioxide and that's how they follow the smell of CO2 released from our breathe.
- There are over 3,000 species of the mosquitoes which are present worldwide.
- Mosquitoes are very greedy as sometimes they even drink amount of blood which is three times of their own body weight.
- Not every mosquitoes craves for human blood. Many species of mosquitoes prefers to feed on other creatures like frogs and birds as well.
Most Searched FAQs on World Mosquito Day:
1. When is World Mosquito Day is observed?
World Mosquito Day is annually observed on August 20th.
2. Who discovered that malaria is caused by mosquitoes?
Sir Ronald Ross in 1897 discovered that malaria is caused by mosquitoes.
3. Can a single mosquito bite cause malaria?
Yes, just a single bite from an infected mosquito can lead to malaria.