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World Malaria Day: 5 shocking facts about ‘killer’ mosquitoes
Apr 25, 2013, 12:30 PM IST
The world Malaria day is observed worldwide on 25th April. It marks and recognizes the global efforts and needs to curb the spread of malaria. And while the mortality rates have gone down by 25%, there were around 660,000 deaths due to malaria this year.
According to the website of WHO, the theme for defeating Malaria this year will be -- Invest in the future, Defeat Malaria.
Malaria is a dangerous disease that is spread by mosquitoes. Unless diagnosed and treated it can turn fatal. The malaria parasite is spread by female Anopheles mosquitoes, which are night-biting mosquitoes.
Know these facts about mosquitoes on this day:
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Female mosquitoes live twice more than males
Male mosquitoes live for a maximum of 2 weeks. Females live for more than a month.
Only female mosquitoes suck blood to feed eggs.
Mosquito aim by smell
They are attracted by smell of sweat and carbon dioxide
There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world.
Mosquitoes grow very fast
It takes a mosquito four days to grow from an egg to a grown up individual.