- Mosquitoes kill between 750,000 and 1 million humans each year.
- There could be around 110 trillion mosquitoes on Earth, 16,000 per human.
- The Nile crocodile, found in sub-Saharan Africa, is the most aggressive animal in the world.
From alligators to hippos to pythons, Earth’s animals aren’t always the most peaceful, especially the wildest.
Ourworldindata.org says humans have identified more than two million animal species; yet there are approximately 5-10 million species, including undiscovered ones, on the planet.
According to a study by the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University, “more than 47,000 people a year in the United States seek medical attention after being attacked or bitten by wild animals.”
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What is the most dangerous animal in the world?
According to az-animals.com, mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world, killing an estimated 750,000 to 1 million humans each year. With up to 110 trillion mosquitoes on the planet, insects can carry deadly diseases like malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus and Zika virus. There are 16,000 mosquitoes on the planet for every person.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 435,000 people died of malaria in 2017. The disease threatens almost half of the world’s population, and lymphatic filariasis affects “120 million people in 72 countries”.
To avoid mosquito bites, the CDC recommends insect repellent, long-sleeved clothing with enough coverage, screens on windows and doors, air conditioning, and screens on strollers or your sleeping and living areas.
The CDC emphasizes the importance of cleaning and emptying containers that hold water, as these can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
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What to do if you are bitten by a mosquito
Symptoms of mosquito bites include an itchy red swollen bump, small blisters, and dark bruise-like spots, the CDC explains. More extreme reactions – common in children, adults who have never been bitten before, and those with weakened immune systems – consist of swelling, redness, fever, hives and swollen lymph nodes .
To treat a mosquito bite, wash the bite area with soap and water. Use an ice pack for 10 minutes, combined with anti-itch cream and a mixture of baking soda and water to reduce swelling and itching. Do not scratch the bite, as this can cause infection.
If your bite symptoms get worse, it may be infected or you may have contracted a disease. Contact your healthcare provider for treatment and next steps if your condition worsens.
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What is the most aggressive animal in the world?
The Nile crocodile is the most aggressive animal in the world, mainly because it considers humans a “regular part of its diet” according to az-animals.com. The animal can weigh up to 1,650 pounds and can be found in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Every year, Nile crocodiles kill hundreds of people, says az-animals.com.
Fire ants and hippos take second and third place on az-animals.com’s list of aggressive animals. Fire ants often attack for no reason and hippos kill “at least 500 people every year”.
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