The mosquito is perhaps the only predator in world history that has managed to thrive throughout the centuries, causing death and devastation through numerous vector-borne diseases, especially malaria. In fact, in a ranking of the world’s deadliest animals, the mosquito was found to occupy the top position, killing over 700,000 people each year. On 20th August 1897, Sir Ronald Ross discovered that Anopheles mosquitoes were responsible for the transmission of the malaria parasite. To mark this breakthrough discovery in the fight against malaria, each year we celebrate 20 August as World Mosquito Day.
For World Mosquito Day 2020, test your knowledge of mosquitos and malaria with this short quiz. The answers are available in the last slide.