IMAGINE NO MALARIA – Create a buzz with this mosquito trivia:
- There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only female mosquitoes bite people.
- Mosquitoes don’t have teeth. They have a pointed mouth part called a proboscis that pierces the skin and draws blood.
- Your breath (good or bad) leads mosquitoes right to you! Receptors on their antennae detect the carbon dioxide that is released when you exhale.
- Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes because the insects are drawn to heat (think sweat), which darker clothes retain more of than does light-colored clothing.
And, here’s the most astounding and concern-creating fact of all …mosquitoes are considered the deadliest “animal” in the world because the Anopheles mosquito (found primarily in Africa) transmits malaria. Malaria kills more than 655,000 people every year, of which about 90 percent are in sub-Saharan Africa.
But malaria is preventable. Today, because of your dedicated and generous support, malaria’s impact has been cut in half. A $10 donation can provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can protect a family of four.