Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, is now committed to fighting Malaria around the world. On his blog, gatesnotes.com, he posted an infographic on the question of what are the world’s deadliest animals. The answer: While sharks only kill 1o people per year, and hippos are responsible for 500 deaths, mosqitos kill 725.000 people per year – even more than humans do.
What makes mosquitoes so dangerous? Bill Gates gives the answer on his blog:
“Despite their innocuous-sounding name—Spanish for “little fly”—they carry devastating diseases. The worst is malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people every year; another 200 million cases incapacitate people for days at a time. It threatens half of the world’s population and causes billions of dollars in lost productivity annually. Other mosquito-borne diseases include dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis.”