How to Protect Yourself from Mosquito-Borne Diseases: A Guide to Stay Safe from the World’s Deadliest Animal

2023-09-11 04:35:03

The mosquito is the animal that kills the most people each year in the world, and the proliferation of the tiger mosquito in France should not leave us indifferent.

When we think of dangerous animals, we often think of sharks, snakes or lions. But did you know that the mosquito is actually the animal that kills the most humans each year? The main reason mosquitoes are so dangerous is their ability to transmit disease. Mosquitoes are vectors of many dangerous diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus and yellow fever. When an infected mosquito bites a person, it can transmit the parasite or virus that causes the disease, thereby infecting the person.

10,000 times more deaths than the lion

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria alone caused 409,000 deaths in 2019, most of them children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. On the other hand, dengue, another mosquito-borne disease, infects up to 400 million people each year, causing around 25,000 deaths. In total, it is estimated that mosquitoes kill nearly a million human beings per year! In comparison, sharks kill about 10 people a year worldwide, snakes kill between 20,000 and 94,000 people each year, and lions kill about 100 people each year in Africa.

Beware of the tiger mosquito in France

It is therefore extremely important to take steps to protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially if you are traveling to an area where mosquito-borne illnesses are common. And even in France, with the proliferation of the tiger mosquito in 71 departments, which carries viral diseases such as dengue, zika, chikungunya. Using mosquito nets, repellents and covering clothing can help reduce the risk of mosquito bites and, therefore, contracting a dangerous disease.

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