It might seem a bit crazy at first scan, to have a World Mosquito Day. That, in and of itself, is not surprising, given that most people are coached to alternatively hate or fear mosquitoes, cockroaches, other insects, lizards, scorpions, snakes, tigers, bears, lions.. you get the picture.
Now, some fears are acceptable, but many are not. The fear of infection, disease and death are natural, but we have to be careful about taking things too far with any species, including humans, as displayed with the fear associated with many coronaviruses such as HIV and COVID-19. Both virus infections, especially the much-feared and maligned HIV, can be managed effectively with early diagnosis.
However, mosquitoes do remain something to be worried about. They can spread the following viruses/infections:
- Dengue fever
- Zika virus
- Chikungunya virus
- West Nile virus