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Today is World Mosquito Day

  • Published at 02:47 pm August 20th, 2019

There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world

People across the globe are observing World Mosquito Day on Tuesday, which also marks the anniversary of the day Sir Ronald Ross discovered female mosquitoes are malaria transmitting carriers.

The day is being observed with various anti-mosquito drives in different parts of the world – at a time when dengue, a mosquito born deadly virus, has killed hundreds in South Asia and Southeast Asia, with Philippines declaring it a national epidemic.  

In Bangladesh, the official death count, from January 1 to August 19, stands at 40. However, the unofficial death toll is reported to be over 103. Currently, a total of 3,419 people are receiving treatment in different private and public hospitals across the country.

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Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest insects in the world because of their ability to carry and spread diseases to humans. But only female mosquitoes suck blood to develop their eggs before laying them, reports Newsd.

According to the American Mosquito Control Association, there are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world.

Ronald Ross, who conducted his research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in August 20, 1987, discovered the malaria parasite in the stomach wall of mosquitoes after dissecting mosquitoes known to have fed on a patient with malaria.