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Why Are Mosquitoes So Dangerous?

They’re the world’s most dangerous insect

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Summer gives way to backyard barbecues, trips to see the world’s most incredible natural sights and other fun outdoor adventures. But one thing we could all live without during the warmer months? Mosquitoes. While they may seem like just a blood-sucking nuisance, mosquitos are actually the most dangerous insect in the world.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitos are the “world’s deadliest animal.” The insect is responsible for killing more people than all of the wars in history combined. Why? Because of the diseases it carries.

There’s no evidence to suggest that mosquitoes carry the coronavirus, but the insect acts as a vector for a whole host of other potentially deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue and West Nile virus. According to the World Health Organization, about 228 million cases of malaria were diagnosed worldwide in 2018. And the CDC reports that cases of dengue have increased 30-fold in the past 30 years.

To protect yourself from getting bit by mosquitoes, the CDC recommends using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants, and keeping mosquitoes outside.

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