World Mosquito Day
Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on August 20
Bring out the Mosquito Netting. World Mosquito Day is today. It commemorates the day when the relationship between mosquitos and malaria was identified. Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasitic protozoans.
On this day in 1897, the link between mosquitos and the transmission of malaria was discovered by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross. Ross also identified that the female Anopheles mosquito transmits the disease. In 1902, Ross was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his discovery
About 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. The vast majority of these cases are travelers and immigrants entering the U.S. from parts of the world where malaria is common.
The goal of this special day, is to raise awareness of causes of Malaria, and to learn methods of prevention. With the knowledge that mosquitoes carry other diseases, most notably the dangerous Zika virus, it is even more important today, to be aware, and to understand the necessity of avoid coming in contact with mosquitos.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine celebrates World Mosquito Day annually, since the 1930s,. They hold exhibitions and parties designed to entertain and to inform people.
Did You Know? At least two million people die each year from malaria and other mosquito born diseases.
Sir Ronald Ross declared the annual observance of World Mosquito Day. He did so shortly after his discovery of the linkage between mosquitos and malaria. He felt that this day should be known as World Mosquito Day in future years, to act as a reminder of the educational importance of knowing that mosquitos transmit malaria.
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