What is the world’s deadliest creature?

It’s not a big animal, and it doesn’t have sharp teeth. You won’t find it caged up at the zoo or lurking in the snow – nope! It may surprise you to learn that the world’s deadliest creature is the mosquito.

An infographic outlining the world’s deadliest creature – the mosquito, which kills close to 1 million people every year.

A tiny creature with a deadly bite

Believe us, it’s true! Mosquitoes kill nearly 1 million people every year. That’s more than sharks, snakes, hippopotamuses, grizzly bears and crocodiles combined. If you’re shocked, wait until you hear what’s next.

More than 400,000 of those deaths are caused by malaria-infected mosquitoes. 90% of all malaria-related deaths occur in Africa. Sadly, most of those deaths occur among children under the age of 5.

Together, we can end malaria

But it’s possible to fight these malaria-infected mosquitoes. Malaria is preventable and treatable. Since 2000, global malaria-related deaths have fallen by 60% as a result of united efforts to making treatments more accessible, and educate communities on lifesaving preventative measures, like long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets. Sleeping under these bed nets can protect against infected mosquitoes and make a difference for children and families in Africa.

The bed nets are treated with insecticide that repels and kills malaria-infected mosquitoes, making bed nets one of the most effective and cost-efficient way to protect against malaria.

Bed nets save lives. You can too!

Buy a bed net, today

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