A shark has nothing on the following. It does not discriminate. Man, Woman or child. It kills without empathy. What is it?
The most deadly animal in the world is the mosquito. Mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year. The majority of these deaths are due to malaria. The World Health Organization estimates that between 300 and 500 million cases of malaria occur each year.It's not the mosquito itself that kills, but rather a parasite the mosquito carries. You'll find the Anopheles all over the world, with the exception of Antarctica. The mosquito transmits malaria after biting an infected person and then passes along the parasite to the next person it nibbles on.
To read more on this surprising and very real danger, check out How Stuff Works.
Perhaps we should not be surprised considering all we have heard about this danger worldwide.
However, in this day and age of vaccines, good eating, and the modern miracles of science it is still sobering to know there are some “off the grid” individuals who still succumb to the mosquito and the parasite that causes malaria. Until we can eradicate the effects of this tiny but deadly insect, the mosquito will continue to be the one creature we should fear most.
In other words, do not forget to carry repellent in your bug-out bag!