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World Mosquito Day today

 News Desk

 Published: 11:37 AM, 20 August 2019   Updated: 01:00 PM, 20 August 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

World Mosquito Day is being observed across the world on Tuesday to raise awareness about the causes of malaria and how it can be prevented. 

The day is an annual celebration on August 20, in remembrance of a British doctor, Sir Ronald Ross’s discovery in 1897 revealing that ‘female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans’.

World Mosquito Day originated in 1897 by Ronald Ross of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. After dissecting mosquitoes known to have fed on a patient with malaria, Ross discovered the malaria parasite in the stomach wall of the mosquito.

Through further research using malarious birds, Ross was able to ascertain the entire life cycle of the malarial parasite, including its presence in the mosquito’s salivary glands. Ross confirmed that malaria is transmitted from infected birds to healthy ones by the bite of a mosquito, a finding that suggested the disease’s mode of transmission to humans.