The History behind World Mosquito Day

Siliguri, 20th August: World Mosquito Day, annually celebrated on 20th August, is a commemoration of the professional doctor Sir Ronald Ross, who had discovered in 1897 that the female mosquitoes were responsible for transmitting malaria between humans.

World Mosquito Day started way back on 20th August 1897. British doctor Sir Ronald Ross of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine received the Nobel Prize in 1902 for Physiology or Medicine for his work on transmission of malaria. His discovery of the malarial parasite in the gastrointestinal tract of a mosquito in 1897 proved that malaria was transmitted by female mosquitoes named Anopheles, which laid the foundation for the method of combating the disease.

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