What animal has been responsible for more human deaths than any other?
#31159. Asked by Josie. (Apr 06 03 11:14 AM)
Given the old adage that everything is animal, vegetable or mineral, then I think we can assume that both the human being and the mosquito are definitely animal. |
Although looking at some of the questions and answers, I do think 1 or 2 brainless plants, nuts and short thick bits of wood (planks), visit this site on a regular basis.
Despite all the wars and every other animal on the planet, the mosquito is most definitely the one responsible for more human deaths than any other.
OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE EVERY YEAR !
If it is not the mosquito then it is the parasite (given that this must also be 'animal') that is carried by it.
Malaria is what the people die from but if mosquitos didn't exist the people would not get malaria.
Over 300 million cases of malaria are reported each year, resulting in more than a million deaths. 90% of these deaths occur in Africa, south of the Sahara and most of these victims are children under 5 years old. Pregnant women are also especially vulnerable.
Malaria is caused by microscopic parasites which are transmitted from person to person by female anopheline mosquitoes. When an infective mosquito bites she transmits malaria parasites to her victim who falls ill. Other mosquitoes then pick up the parasite from the infected person and continue spreading the disease when biting other people.
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