Mosquitoes are not generally considered to be dangerous to humans in and of themselves, as they do not bite or attack humans. However, they can pose a significant health risk to humans because they can transmit various diseases through their bites.
Mosquitoes are known to transmit a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases to humans, including malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya. These diseases can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, rashes, and in some cases, more serious complications such as organ failure, birth defects, and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
What about the mutated mosquitoes?
Researchers at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases from Japan are now raising awareness regarding the mutated forms of mosquitoes. Those pesky flying vampires have evolved enough to be resistant in the face of insecticides, at least for specific parts of the world, as ABC News reveals.
Mosquitoes from parts of Vietnam and Cambodia were found to have developed mutations that make them withstand common insecticides.
Roughly 78% of the collected specimens of the Aedes aegypti species of mosquitos have shown one of the strongest mutations. The researchers also found ten new sub-strains of the species.
There are over 3,500 known species of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are found in a variety of habitats around the world, including tropical rainforests, wetlands, and urban areas. It is difficult to determine which country has the most mosquitoes, as the number of these insects present in a particular area can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including climate, humidity, and the presence of standing water (which is where mosquitoes lay their eggs).
It’s important to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors, especially in areas where these diseases are prevalent. If you are traveling to a region where mosquito-borne diseases are common, it’s also a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider or travel clinic before your trip to discuss any necessary vaccines or other preventive measures.