There are a lot of days we like to note on the calendar to celebrate, and World Mosquito Day is one of them. You might think this is a silly day to celebrate, (after all, who would want to celebrate mosquitoes?) so let us tell you a little bit about a gentleman named Sir Ronald Ross.
On this day in 1897, British scientist Sir Ronald Ross made the landmark discovery that malaria is transmitted between humans by the female mosquito. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites, and thanks to Ross we know how they are transmitted. Today, malaria is still responsible for around 600,000 deaths worldwide each year making the mosquito the deadliest animal in the world. That’s right, it tops the shark, snakes and crocodiles. After making the connection between malaria and mosquitoes, he decided that August 20 should therefore be known as Mosquito Day. More than 100 years later, we are still honoring his work and striving to find a cure for this deadly disease.
Although malaria was eliminated from the United States in the early 50’s, there are still 3.4 billion people who live at risk of malaria transmission in 106 countries and territories. To celebrate World Mosquito Day and the work of Sir Ronald Ross, Mosquito Joe is proud to make a donation to Nothing But Nets to help provide insecticide-treated bed nets to families across Sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of deaths and infections from malaria occur. Click here to do the same and and help us take a swat at malaria.
Happy World Mosquito Day!