World Mosquito Day

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Dr. Ronald Ross

World Mosquito Day, observed annually on 20 August, is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.[1] Ross is responsible for the annual observance, having declared shortly after his discovery that the day should be known as World Mosquito Day in the future.[1]

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine holds Mosquito Day celebrations every year, including events such as parties and exhibitions, a tradition dating back to as early as the 1930s.[2]


  1. ^ a b "World Mosquito Day 2010". Department for International Development. 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 21 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Health and Science - Abuzz over malaria on World Mosquito Day". AlertNet. Retrieved 21 November 2012.

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