Brain Post: What Animal Kills More Humans Than Any Other? (hint: it’s small)

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the mosquito
the tiny little mosquito…

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Animals
Earths Deadly Animals.  Mosquitos aren’t even on here and they contribute to killing 1 million people/year

It’s crazy to think that the most dangerous animal to humans isn’t a shark, or a bear, or a hippo, or a tiger nor lion.  It’s the tiny, buzzing mosquito that kills the most people and the competition isn’t even close.

Dr. Seuss WWII poster about Malaria prevention
Dr. Seuss WWII poster about Malaria prevention.  In WWII over 500,000 US soldiers were infected

3.3 billion people are at risk of Malaria infection each year.  About 1 million people die of complications caused by Malaria each year.  Most of these deaths are women and children in Africa

Today, April 25th, is World Malaria Day and SnowBrains wanted to help out spreading the word about Malaria. 

Atabrine is a malarial medicine from WWII. 60,000 USA soldiers died of Malaria in WWII
Atabrine is a malarial medicine from WWII. 60,000 USA soldiers died of Malaria in WWII in Africa & South Pacific

 

HOW MALARIA WORKS:

Mosquitos is responsible for more human deaths than any other animal by being a vector for the Malaria protist (see image at bottom).  Female mosquitos bite humans and pass Malaria sporozoites from their saliva into our blood stream.  From there the process is complex, but the Malaria, in a few different developmental forms, enters your liver, then your blood, then it gets taken up by biting mosquitos and the cycle starts again.  Malaria in the human body causes fever, headache, coma, and death.  Learn all the details of how Malaria works:  Malaria details.

The Malaria cycle
The Malaria cycle

 

Some dedicated organizations are fighting against the spread of Malaria and they’ve had some enormous successes:

“In Africa, malaria deaths have been cut by one third within the last decade; outside of Africa, 35 out of the 53 countries, affected by malaria, have reduced cases by 50% in the same time period. In countries where access to malaria control interventions has improved most significantly, overall child mortality rates have fallen by approximately 20%.” – World Malaria Day

World wide Malaria distribution

Screen shot 2013-04-25 at 7.11.56 PMIf you’d like to help out with the fight against Malaria or just learn more, please visit this site:  World Malaria Day

The Malaria protist
The Malaria protist

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9 thoughts on “Brain Post: What Animal Kills More Humans Than Any Other? (hint: it’s small)

  1. You forgot that HUMANS kill more than 1,000,000 other humans every year? You were right though, we are small.

  2. 466,078 murders alone in 2012. That’s not including deaths from warfare and terrorism. Car accidents, accidental death also make up a HUGE number. We are our own biggest killer.

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