Which is the deadliest animal in the world? It’s certainly not sharks (even though they’re terrifying), or crocodiles, or even snakes. It is, apparently, the humble mosquito. They kill more humans than any other animal in the world.
Except… they don’t. It’s not the mosquitoes themselves which are deadly (a mosquito bite by itself won’t kill you), it’s the diseases they carry; diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya, among many others. It’s these viruses that should be at the top of the list. In fact, HIV should be high up in the list, seeing as in 2012, it resulted in the death of 1.6 million people. Considering HIV is spread by humans, should humans be at the top of the list?
It’s an interesting infographic, but flawed in my opinion. It is true that mosquitoes and the diseases they carry are indeed deadly, and definitely worthy of combating, but I don’t believe they are the most deadly animal in the world. That title lies with us. Onwards!