What is the deadliest creature on earth?

It’s not sharks, or crocodiles, or even man, with our guns and bombs and deadly blow-darts.

Okay, we are second. But, according to Bill Gates’ blog, it is the mosquito, responsible for 725,000 deaths a year, 600,000 from malaria.

Strictly speaking, of course, that makes Plasmodium sp., the malaria-causing parasite transmitted by mosquitoes, the deadliest creature. But Gates is right, mosquito control would save many lives annually.

Thanks to Rachel Carson and others, the cheapest and most effective mosquito pesticide, DDT, is no longer available. My reading suggests that DDT is not as harmful to the environment as we were told in the 60’s and 70’s, and would save many thousands of lives per year.

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