WORLD MOSQUITO DAY
ONE DAY SEMINAR CUM AWARENESS PROGRAMME on WORLD MOSQUITO DAY
World Mosquito Day, observed annually on 20 August, is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross’s discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.
Mosquitoes are considered as one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet because of their ability to spread deadly diseases. They are capable of transmitting diseases such as yellow fever, dengue fever, filariasis, encephalitis, but malaria is the most serious; thus causing nuisance and sufferings to the human society. Water, vegetation and human settlements are the prime requirements for breeding and sustenance of mosquitoes.
Mosquito control is a vital public-health practice throughout the world and especially in the tropics because mosquitoes spread many diseases, such as malaria and the dengue.
Mosquito-control operations are targeted against three different problems:
- Nuisance mosquitoes bother people around homes or in parks and recreational areas;
- Economically important mosquitoes reduce real estate values, adversely affect tourism and related business interests, or negatively impact livestock or poultry production;
- Public health is the focus when mosquitoes are vectors, or transmitter of infectious disease.