Which animal kills the most people

Lata Jain

lion-1-4A lion attack in South Africa has raised alarm, but the world’s deadliest animal is considerably smaller.

But while terrifying, attacks by lions on humans are quite rare. Fewer than 100 people are killed by lions each year.

Many of us view mosquitoes as more of an annoyance than a threat, but the tiny insects are far and away the deadliest animals on earth.

Mosquito:

The World Health Organisation estimates that 725,000 people are killed each year by mosquito-born diseases. A staggering 200 million people are at least temporarily incapacitated by malaria alone, of which 600,000 die.

Dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis are also deadly diseases carried by mosquitoes. Dengue, also known as ‘breakbone fever’ because of excruciating joint pain and pounding headaches, is caused by the female aedes mosquito. The disease has no vaccine or specific treatment and a severe form of dengue often turns fatal. According to government data, the disease kills over five thousand mosquito-4Indians every year, particularly during the monsoons.

Malaria, another vector borne diseases spread by the mosquitoes, too is on the upswing with 20 cases reported last week and 439 in the year so far.

All water borne, vector borne and air borne diseases are monitored on a daily basis by the municipal corporation. Diseases like mumps and chicken pox are also high in comparison with last year.

Dog bite:

Dogs bite 29 students in central university, dog mulls 5 year old girl in borbonda …… the list is long. Man’s best friend is also the mammal most likely to kill him. Of the roughly 25,000 people killed by dogs each year, the majority die from rabies.

The increasing number of dog-bite cases has become a cause of concern for people of Hyderabad ,

With rising temperatures, stray dogs are creating mayhem in different parts of the city.

Gopi of Malkajgiri, who met with an accident came to Gandhi Hospital for treatment, was attacked by street dogs last month.

In the last three months, nebog bite-1-4arly 3,000 dog bites cases have been reported in Greater Hyderabad limits.

In view of prevailing heat, dog bite cases are likely to increase as stray dogs go wild in summer due to dehydration.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has not been able to tackle the increasing menace of stray dogs, owing to uproar from animal welfare organisations.

It is estimated that there are few lakh stray dogs in the city that have not been administered the anti-rabies vaccine and are a threat to the citizens. The population of stray dogs has increased manifold, despite the Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies Vaccination Programme (ABC/AR) implemented by the GHMC.

The situation is pathetic in slum areas where one can find hundreds of stray dogs.

Over 90 percent of rabies infections in humans worldwide are caused by dog bites, though that number is much lower in the west where rabies has been well contained in canine populations and skunks and bats are more likely than dogs to infect people.

An estimated 20,000 people die in India each year from the disease due primarily to the prevalence of stray dogs.

The other killer bites are snakes and scorpions. While cobras and pythons attract a lot of attention, bites by smaller venomous snakes are highly dangerous, especially when they go untreated.

The saw-scaled viper kills more people than any other snake each year, though the venomous serpent is comparatively diminutive at just one to three feet long.The snake pose dangers to farmers and scorpions to people working near sea water

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