Why we need war on the mosquito, the deadliest animal – Bill Gates

World's Deadliest Animals, Gates Foundation

World’s Deadliest Animals, Gates Foundation

One could quibble, and point out that it’s the malaria parasite that does the dirty work, more than the mosquito; but it’s only a quibble.

Short film from Bill Gates explaining why he helps wage war on the lowly mosquito. Use of science to find ways to defeat mosquito-borne disease transmission is especially important in the post-DDT world, since DDT resistance now aids every mosquito on Earth.

GatesNotes said:

There are about a dozen different diseases that are spread to humans by mosquito bites including dengue, yellow fever, Zika, chikungunya, and malaria. This little mosquito actually kills more humans than any other thing.

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6 Responses to Why we need war on the mosquito, the deadliest animal – Bill Gates

  1. cheekos says:

    Ed, it’s not just the (conveniently) “Deficit Hawks” in the GOP. Blocking Planned Parenthood, perhaps the only source of health care and contraceptives for many poor women. no Extended Medicaid in many GOP-con trolled states, and also no real sex education in GOP-controlled states.

    Meanwhile, wealthy women can get abortions, contraceptives and family planning for their private OB-GYN’s. Just another form of racism and the war against the lower-income women.


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    It’s tough as hell to talk epidemiological sense to budget cutting Republicans. We lost the fight on wiping out measles in the U.S. in the first year of the Reagan administration. $3 million was needed, but Reagan admin argued measles would die out by itself.

    A decade later the company I worked for spent nearly $1 million on one measles case with complications, and there were thousands of cases across the U.S. Measles is a recurring nightmare.

    We were so close!


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Thanks for the reblog, Jim.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. i welcome good friends out there ,who wants to take part in peace making anywhere on the earth


  5. cheekos says:

    When considering the horrendous impact of diseases, the range of different ones, caused by the millions of mosquitos, as well as in all environs, around the world, is what sets it apart.

    Just consider what microcephaly brings to infants born with it, their parents and families, and society, at large. Just a few billion dollars, research in finding preventive vaccines, a better understanding among the population, and actions that local governments can take to subdue the impact, seem to be too bogged-down in politics–rather than scientific reality.


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