Don’t let a looming threat fly under the radar

There are approximately 3,500 types of mosquitoes around the world but only a small number can cause illness in humans. Therefore, travellers visiting other countries may not be familiar with just how deadly a mosquito bite can be.

Mosquitoes aren’t just a problem in tropical destinations. Species have evolved to survive the winter.

A missed or delayed diagnosis of a mosquito-borne disease can result in long-term complications and death.

prevention guidance

In a survey, only 14% of travellers obtained a pretravel health consultation before their trip.

Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal

Number of humans killed annually*

mosquito

Mosquitoes kill 830,000 humans every year

60,000 Snake

snake

24,200 Sandfly

sandfly

17,400 Dog

dog

8,000 Kissing bug

kissing bug

4,400 Freshwater snail

snake

3,500 Tsetse fly

snake

3,500 Scorpion

scorpion

2,700 Ascaris roundworm

ascaris roundworm

1,600 Tapeworm

tapeworm

100 Elephant

elephant

100 Lion

lion

60 Bee

bee

50 Tiger

tiger

40 Jellyfish

jellyfish

10 Wolf

wolf

6 Shark

shark

All calculations have wide error margins.

* Data collected in 2015.

Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal

Number of humans killed annually*

mosquito

Mosquitoes kill around 830,000 humans every year

snake

Snake
60,000

sandfly

Sandfly
24,200

dog

Dog
17,400

kissing bug

Kissing bug
8,000

snake

Freshwater snail
4,400

snake

Tsetse fly
3,500

scorpion

Scorpion
3,500

ascaris roundworm

Ascaris roundworm
2,700

tapeworm

Tapeworm
1,600

elephant

Elephant
100

lion

Lion
100

bee

Bee
60

tiger

Tiger
50

jellyfish

Jellyfish
40

jellyfish

Wolf
10

shark

Shark
6

All calculations have wide error margins.
* Data collected in 2015