World Mosquito Day
Aug. 20, 2015, 8:45 a.m.
MOSQUITOES and DISEASE
· Today is World Mosquito Day, marking 118 yrs since Sir Ronald Ross
first identified Anopheles mosquitoes as the vector that
transmits malaria between humans.
· In 2015, this Day represents a time to highlight the enormous
danger posed by the unassuming insect: 725 000 people die every
year from mosquito-borne diseases.
· In recent years, vector-borne disease management & prevention directives have prioritised use of insecticide-treated bed nets &
indoor residual spraying. Their combined use can reduce the
risk of such disease transmission by up to 50%.
· In a world which has seen more casualties from mosquitoes than
wars, continued weighty and sustainable investments must be
made in the fight to control vectors.