World Mosquito Day

 

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You may be wondering why we have a World Mosquito Day when these animals are responsible for the transmission of malaria. Well, that is what this day is all about; raising awareness regarding this, so that more people will be safe and protected. It is also important to recognize that all animals and creatures play an important role in the circle of life, whether they are harmless or not.

Learn about World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day was created in order to honor the discovery made of the link between humans, malaria, and mosquitoes. This is something that has changed the health industry considerably, ensuring that humans can be protected.

Malaria is a disease that mosquitoes carry, which is caused by a parasite. It is curable and preventable, yet sadly, it still threatens the lives of millions of people across the globe. It is important to note that not all mosquitoes transmit malaria; only infected female anopheles are able to transmit this to humans.

You may be wondering how malaria is transmitted by a mosquito. It is as simple as a bite. If a mosquito bites you and it has been carrying malaria, the parasite is going to be released into your bloodstream, which can infect your entire body. Mosquitos are typically most active at night and dusk, and so they do not usually bite during the day. However, it is important to make sure that your body is protected at all times.

The latest statistics show that approximately 435,000 people die of malaria every day. Not only this, but there is believed to be approximately 219 million cases of malaria every year across the world. These are pretty big statistics, right? A lot of people do not realize just how serious the problem is, especially those that live in areas that are not at risk.

Malaria can be found in over 100 countries. It is a condition that typically impacts the world’s tropical areas. Nevertheless, roughly 70 percent of the malaria burden around the world is concentrated in 11 countries. One being India, and the rest being on the African continent.

If you are going to be travelling to a country that does have a malaria risk, it is imperative that you take the steps to protect yourself against this disease. You should sleep under a mosquito net, use mosquito repellent, and take malaria tablets. Of course, the best thing to do here is to book an appointment with your doctor before you travel so that he or she can make sure that you are prepared and protected.

Facts about malaria

Let’s take a look at some facts about this disease…

  • Travellers that are not-immune and come from malaria-free areas are extremely vulnerable if they are infected with the disease. In 2010, singer Cheryl Cole became incredibly ill after she contracted malaria while on holiday in Africa. This should be a warning to everyone regarding just how dangerous the disease is.
  • Malaria parasites have developed resistance to a lot of the drugs that are commonly used, including artemisinin and chloroquine, and this resistance is spreading quickly. As a consequence, the battle for malaria continues and a lot of health professionals continue searching for better medicines that fight against malaria.
  • Malaria was eliminated from Greece officially in 1974.
  • In a lot of the high income countries, the disease is under control. This is because of effective monitoring and aggressive prevention measures.

History of World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day was first established in 1897, when the link between mosquitoes and malaria transmission was discovered by Sir Ronald Ross. It aims to raise awareness about the causes of malaria and how it can be prevented, as well as fundraising for research into the cure of malaria. It is also a salute to the groundbreaking work of Sir Ross and scientists who have followed him.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine celebrates World Mosquito Day with exhibitions and parties designed both to entertain and to inform, while other celebrations include Malaria No More’s ‘Mozzy Air’ campaign, encouraging people to take anti-malarial when flying to malaria zones, and Nothing But Nets’ twitter campaigns to provide mosquito nets for poor communities.

WORLD MOSQUITO DAY TIMELINE

1st century CE
Malaria Arrives in Rome

The disease makes its way to Europe, likely traveling down the Nile to the Caribbean and spreading north.

79 CE
Malaria Epidemic Devastates Roman Campagna

After malaria decimated the population, Rome’s Campagna region remained sparsely settled until as late as the 19th century.

1897
Mosquitoes Linked to Malaria

Ronald Ross discovers the link between female mosquitoes and malaria transmission, leading to a new understanding of how to track and stop the spread of the disease.

1930s
TVA Improves Conditions in Appalachia

The Appalachian region of the US Southeast was deeply affected by malaria until the Tennessee Valley Authority brought power, water, and sanitation to the region.

1946
CDC Forms

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention, born from a prior. Organization called Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA), focuses heavily on controlling and eliminating malaria in its first few years.

WORLD MOSQUITO DAY DATES

Year Date Day
2021 August 20 Friday
2022 August 20 Saturday
2023 August 20 Sunday
2024 August 20 Tuesday
2025 August 20 Wednesday

World Mosquito Day

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