The mosquito, due to the diseases it carries, is the deadliest animal on Earth for humans. People fear many animals of all varieties and sizes such as bears, sharks, bats, and spiders.
However, the deadliest animal on the planet to humans is more annoying than feared, but the mosquito holds the title of most human deaths far beyond many more feared animals.
Excluding humans of course, no animal is more deadly to us than mosquitoes which transmit a variety of diseases such as Malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, and others most commonly in undeveloped countries.
Malaria is the leading cause of death among these, resulting in 490,000 to 836,000 deaths mostly of African children in 2010 according to the World Health Organization.
There is considerable optimism that mosquitoes will lose their potency soon though, as several vaccines for Malaria are showing promising results and the WHO as well as other organizations have a long-term goal of eliminating Malaria.
- Malaria (link is external). World Health Organization. 2013. – Statistics regarding malaria infections, deaths, and information about treatments, cures, and vaccines.
- Mosquito-Borne Diseases (link is external). American Mosquito Control Association. 2011. – Listing of diseases carried by mosquitoes.
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