World Mosquito Day - 20 August.

August 20th recognizes World Mosquito Day marking the occasion when Sir Ronald Ross discovered that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans in 1897.

During Ross’s work with the Indian Medical Service, he made his groundbreaking discovery. The malarial parasite was found in the gastrointestinal tract of a female mosquito. The discovery allowed scientist to better understand the role of mosquitoes in the disease. It also provided a starting point for prevention.

In 1902 Ross became the first British person to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

There are over three thousand species of mosquitoes in the world today. Of those, only about three cause serious diseases.

Soon after his discovery, Sir Ronald Ross declared that August 20th would become known around the globe as World Mosquito Day.

This year amid the coronavirus pandemic, the theme of World Mosquito Day 2021 is “Reaching the zero-malaria target”.

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