Mosquitoes are a menace that thrives in warm and humid conditions; they mostly appear during summer and breed in the rainy season.
These tiny blood-sucking pests transmit malaria, a serious, age-old disease that has been affecting people for long now. Mosquitoes are also responsible for the spread of some other diseases like dengue and chikungunya, among others. It is fascinating to know that mosquitoes have been around for over a hundred million years, and mosquito bites have caused millions of deaths. Over 6 million deaths occur every decade due to malaria caused by mosquito bites.
World Mosquito Day is observed to honor the British Army surgeon Sir Ross who in 1897 proved the association of mosquitoes to malaria by recognizing pigmented parasites of malaria in the pest that sucked blood from an infected person.