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Old February 24th, 2016, 12:04 PM   #1
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The world's deadliest animal isn't a shark or even a human

By Bill Gates | April 25, 2014


What would you say is the most dangerous animal on Earth? Sharks? Snakes? Humans?

Of course the answer depends on how you define dangerous. Personally I’ve had a thing about sharks since the first time I saw Jaws. But if you’re judging by how many people are killed by an animal every year, then the answer isn’t any of the above. It’s mosquitoes.

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.
Considering their impact, you might expect mosquitoes to get more attention than they do. Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year and in the U.S. they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year. Mosquitoes kill 50,000 times as many people, but if there’s a TV channel that features Mosquito Week, I haven’t heard about it.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 12:11 PM   #2
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This is one of those things that in their own way is correct. Just like "who are more important to the wellbeing of society, doctors or garbage collectors?"

And now we have zika.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 12:17 PM   #3
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I've been driven away from some beautiful fishing spots in Minnesota because of mosquitoes. Repellent just made them giggle.
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I've been driven away from some beautiful fishing spots in Minnesota because of mosquitoes. Repellent just made them giggle.
Deet usually works well for me. I've been to a few lakes in Minnesota. You are definitely right about the mosquitoes there.
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they are no joke. twilight golf is less heat and blood.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 01:29 PM   #6
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I read somewhere that a mega-dose of Vitamin B1, Thiamine, will help keep them away.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 01:37 PM   #7
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Deet usually works well for me. I've been to a few lakes in Minnesota. You are definitely right about the mosquitoes there.
Down here we point out humming birds to foreigners and tell them that they are scout mosquitoes for the main herd, and that if they see one, they should run and warn the other humans.


Yeah, we're evil that way.
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Two Arkansas mosquitoes had killed a cow and were carrying it back to camp when one of them said..."Wait a minute! We need to eat this here. If we take it back to camp, those big guys will take it away from us."!
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technically, the mosquito itself is harmless. its the malaria parasite, plasmodium falciparum that kills.
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