World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day falls on August 20 every year. The day was created to commemorate British doctor, Sir Ronald Ross for his discovery in 1897. He discovered that female mosquitoes of the Anopheles genus were responsible for transmitting malaria parasite between humans.

Sir Ross’ discovery led to smarter ways of preventing mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, and zika. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery in 1902.

Sir Ronald Ross was responsible for this annual observance. He declared August 20 to be World Mosquito Day shortly after his discovery.