Zika: The New Apocalyptic Threat From Mosquitoes

‘When it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes close,’

said Bill Gates in a blog post once and the truth of this statement still resonates the world over. These messengers of death kill about 700,000 humans annually and cause several million cases of disabling diseases. The diseases borne by mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history taken together. It is of little surprise, therefore, that a renewed threat to our well-being has been given by the little bugs again. The 2015 Zika epidemic almost threatened the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the outbreak caused international concern throughout its spread to Central and Southern America, along with Pacific Islands and the Southeast Asia, even reaching the southern parts of North America. The Zika virus made daily headlines for two consecutive years until the WHO announced an end to the epidemic only in November 2016.

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