Among the many predators on earth, the mosquito sits atop the list of world’s deadliest creatures. 1 Diseases transmitted by mosquitos, such as malaria, cause 700,000 deaths each year. 2 Though the mosquito is small in size, such statistics have earned this insect its own place on the calendar—World Mosquito Day on August 20—when various organizations raise awareness of its deadly impact.
It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit a potentially deadly disease, with miserable symptoms such as fever, aches, rash, vomiting and weakness. A simple mosquito net is one of the cheapest and most effective means of prevention. It can protect a person from the harmful sting of an infected mosquito and help them have a restful night’s sleep.
Please join us in praying this month for those in danger of vector-borne diseases like malaria.
1 Medicines for Malaria Venture. “World Mosquito Day 2020.” 20 August 2020. . https://www.mmv.org/newsroom/image-slideshows/world-mosquito-day-2020
2 Mains, Karen Burton. “Winning the Ancient Conflict Between Man and Mosquito.” GFA World. 14 August 2020. https://www.gfa.org/special-report/it-takes-only-one-mosquito