World Mosquito Day observed across the globe

Shillong, August 20, 2020 (MMP): World Mosquito Day is being observed across the globe to commemorate Sir Ronald Ross who discovered the female mosquitoes that transmit malaria between humans. During Ross’s work with the Indian Medical Service, he made his ground breaking discovery. In 1902. Ross became the first British person to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. There are over three thousand species of mosquitoes in the world today. Of those, only about three cause serious diseases. Some of the most prevalent diseases are malaria, dengue fever, West Nile, yellow fever, Zika virus, encephalitis. With in the onset of monsoon in India, the Centre has issued direction to the state and Union Territories for steps to be taken against Vector Borne Diseases. The direction said that authorities should ensure that all logistics like insecticides, drugs and diagnostics are in place. It also suggested distribution of long lasting Insecticidal Nets to the community including monitoring of vector breeding and timely implement preventive vector control measures, wherever needed. MMP

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