Why mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on earth??

Recently I was reading an article by bill gates on the deadliest animal on earth and I was shocked to see the results. The first thing that comes into mind while reading the above heading is that the deadliest animal on earth will be either Lion, tiger or some poisonous snake.

It’s mosquitoes.

When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes close. Take a look:


Bill Gates shared an infographic on his blog to highlight the world’s 15 deadliest animals, based on the number of humans who die from coming into contact with them every year.

No other species, including our own, is responsible for the loss of as many human lives each year as mosquitoes. Humans murder around 475,000 other people each year. Snakes kill around 50,000, while dogs (mainly from rabies transmission) claim another 25,000 lives. Some of the most feared animals (sharks, wolves) kill fewer than 10.

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The diseases that mosquitoes carry and transmit to people they bite, on the other hand, kill 725,000.

What makes mosquitoes so dangerous? Despite their innocuous-sounding name—Spanish for “little fly”—they carry devastating diseases. The worst is malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people every year; another 200 million cases incapacitate people for days at a time. It threatens half of the world’s population and causes billions of dollars in lost productivity annually. Other mosquito-borne diseases include dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis.

There are more than 2,500 species of mosquito, and mosquitoes are found in every region of the world except Antarctica. During the peak breeding seasons, they outnumber every other animal on Earth, except termites and ants. They were responsible for tens of thousands of deaths during the construction of the Panama Canal. And they affect population patterns on a grand scale: In many malarial zones, the disease drives people inland and away from the coast, where the climate is more welcoming to mosquitoes.

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So don’t ignore the presence of mosquitoes in your home thinking it is a small creature and i can kill them with my bare hands because the above statistics indicates something else.



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