The Animals Most Dangerous to Humans

Forget sharks. The animals most likely to harm you are much smaller — and much closer to you
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Mosquitoes

Yes, it’s the teensy-tiny, uber-annoying mosquito that is man’s worst enemy. Mosquitos carry even deadlier vector-borne diseases than ticks, including malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, Rift Valley fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, and lymphatic filariasis, aka elephantiasis, which WHO calls a painful and profoundly disfiguring disease. Malaria is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in low-income populations worldwide, killing 600,000 a year according to the WHO. In 2012, the disease caused 15 percent of deaths for children under 5 in sub-Saharan Africa.

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