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Mosquitoes kill more people every day than sharks do in a century

  • Published at 12:29 pm November 18th, 2019
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A report says climate change is going to cause a massive outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases

Although sharks have a reputation of being deadly killers, people should be more concerned about mosquito bites than being attacked by sharks.

Then again, the movie Jaws might not have had the same cultural impact had it shown a tiny, buzzing insect responsible for multiple deaths, instead of a great white shark.

On last year's World Mosquito Day, Bill Gates explained that the world should be more worried about the diseases that are spread by mosquitoes, adding that mosquitoes kill more people in a day than sharks do in a century, reports the World Economic Forum.

Mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and Zika, are responsible for millions of deaths, making them one of the deadliest creatures in the world.

A report by Yale Environment, released earlier this year, also suggests that climate change is going to cause a massive outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases.

The range of two key disease-spreading species - Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus - is likely to increase significantly by 2050, posing threats to half of the world's population.

Moritz Kraemer, co-author of the report and an infectious disease scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and the University of Oxford, said: “If no action is taken to reduce the current rate at which the climate is warming, pockets of habitat will open up across many urban areas, with vast amounts of individuals susceptible to infection," reports World Economic Forum.

World Mosquito Day is observed on August 20 every year to memorialize Sir Ronald Ross's discovery that female mosquitoes are responsible for spreading malaria between humans. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1902 for his work on the disease.