Friday, August 20 is World Mosquito Day 2021. World Mosquito Day is observed to celebrate the discovery of the relationship between mosquitoes and the life-threatening disease, Malaria. This special day is extremely significant when it comes to preventing and controlling malaria all over the world. Every year millions of people die from this dreaded disease. World Mosquito Day was first celebrated in 2021 in the United States. This particular date is dedicated to celebrating the importance of preventing the spread of Malaria and its deadly effects.
History of World Mosquito Day:
Countries all over the globe celebrate World Mosquito Day on the 20 of August every year. Countries like Egypt, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Philippines, and Pakistan observe a World Mosquito Day on the second weekend of May. Countries like these have been celebrating World Mosquito Day for several years now. During the last few decades, these countries have been battling malaria as well as dengue fever, a disease that also comes from mosquitoes.
Malaria has always been a major problem in the world and is more dangerous than dengue fever. Millions of people are killed every year by these two most deadly diseases. World Mosquito Day was established so that people can be aware of the critical importance of preventing and treating malaria and yellow fever. These diseases have both killed and injured many people throughout the decades.
On this particular date, the best time to observe World Mosquito Day in the United Kingdom is from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening. The British Museum and the Natural History Museum in London both offer free admission during this time. In London, the clocks will be turned back an hour, and all parks and museums will offer free entry for visitors to come see the various species of tropical insects. The Discovery Museum in London also offers free admission during the month of August.
World Mosquito Day was first recognized when a British lady named Rosemary Catherwood became the first recorded case of malaria in the world, while aboard a sailing ship off the shores of Africa. World Mosquito Day was created in 1997 when she became the first known diagnosed case of malaria. She survived, but left a message for everyone who might become infected with malaria to pass on the disease to others. The message read simply, “Pray for me and the mosquitoes will leave me alone.”
Because malaria is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, World Mosquito Day was designed to encourage travelers to use mosquito nets while they traveled. Mosquitoes can not survive without the use of nets and so anyone traveling to an area where malaria cases are common should carry a net. If you do not own a net, or if you live in a city that does not allow the wearing of nets by law, you can purchase one for your personal use. You can also make your own by folding a square piece of material cloth and putting a mosquito net over it. World Mosquito Day can be celebrated as the first day you brought home a mosquito net.