Happy World Mosquito Day!

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by Paula Bosse

I have discovered that today — August 20 — is World Mosquito Day. Personally, I would save any mosquito-related celebrating until the entire species has been eradicated (…or at least eradicated from anywhere near ME), but, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this day “marks the anniversary of the discovery that mosquitoes transmit the parasite that causes malaria. On this day in 1897, Sir Ronald Ross discovered the malaria parasite in the stomach tissue of an Anopheles mosquito. His work later confirmed that mosquitoes are the vector which carries this devastating parasite from human to human.”

So, thanks for that, Sir Ronald Ross.

In 2017 I wrote about Dallas’ early battles with mosquitoes — and I really enjoyed discovering how people dealt with them before window screens. Read that post here: “The Mosquito Bar.”



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