Paul Bello: Hi! I am consulting entomologist Paul Bello and today I am talking about mosquitoes and the serious health risks associated with them. Each year mosquito-borne diseases infect over 300 million and kill about 1 million people worldwide, making the mosquito the most deadly insect in the world. Mosquitoes transmit malaria and according to the World Health Organization a child dies from malaria about every 40 seconds. In addition to this, mosquitoes also transmit diseases to animals such as dogs and horses, including canine heartworm, West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Some of the other diseases that mosquitoes carry and transmit include chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, Saint Louis Equine Encephalitis and other types of encephalitis. With increases in global travel the world has become a smaller place, which increases the risk of mosquito-borne disease. The CDC reports that here in the United States we have about 1,500-2,000 cases of malaria each year. Malaria, chikungunya, encephalitis and dengue are now serious concerns of State Health Departments across the United States. The American Mosquito Control Association says there are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide, though we have about 176 recognized species here in the United States.
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