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.
 

·         As well as malaria, mosquitoes transmit chikungunya (an incurable
viral, Neglected Tropical Disease), dengueencephalitisyellow
fever
 & West Nile Virus.
 

·         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.

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