We’ve Got To Learn To Live With Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are making us sick! It’s a fact that we just can’t ignore. However, there are still far too many people out there who are not quite taking the threat of these disease spreading pests seriously enough. The following article reports on a significant increase in the number of Americans that have become sick from the bite of a mosquito, and as climates continue to rise, so does the threat that these pests have on our health.
The number of Americans sickened by bites from infected mosquitoes, ticks or fleas tripled from 2004 to 2016 — a result of rising global temperatures and increased international travel, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. More than 642,000 cases of the illnesses were reported during the 13 years studied in the Vital Signs report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That is a staggering number of reported cases. And… those are just the ones that have been reported. Many people don’t know that they could perhaps be infected by one of the many diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes. They are the world’s most dangerous creature, and this is why..
The bloodthirsty creature arguably considered to be the deadliest animal on Earth might not be what you’d expect. A blog from philanthropist Bill Gates noted mosquitoes as the animal capable of taking the most lives, killing more people in one day than sharks do in a century. What the pesky flies lack in size has more than made up for in the number of potentially fatal diseases they’re able to carry and spread rapidly.
Not all species of mosquitoes are a threat to humans, but it’s just not worth taking the risk and exposing yourself to what could be a very serious impact on your health, should you be bitten by one of the many that might be infected. Be sensible and be safe. Mosquitoes are here to stay and we’ve got to learn to live with them safely.