Which animal is the most dangerous to humans?

What do you think is the most dangerous animal in the world? A shark? Bear? A snake? Or man himself?

When we talk about themost dangerous animal for humans, we’re not talking about the one that scares you the most, or the most venomous, but rather the animal that kills the most humans in the world every year. By definition, a killer animal is dangerous. It’s sometimes said that the smallest beasts don’t eat the biggest, but this infographic published on Bill Gates’ blog a while back might just make you sit up and take notice…

People are afraid of sharks, especially since the movie Jaws, but they only kill around ten people a year. For your information, man kills 100 million sharks every year.

Dogs, for example, kill 25,000 people a year, mainly through rabies. This figure is already enormous when compared to the number of people killed each year by lions (100) or crocodiles (1000). But the most devastating « animal » on Earth doesn’t actually have teeth – it’s the mosquito! This infographic shows that the mosquito is far ahead in the ranking of the world’s most dangerous animals, killing 725,000 people a year:

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Why are mosquitoes so dangerous for humans? Because they carry devastating diseases. The worst is malaria, which kills 600,000 people a year. Mosquitoes also transmit dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis. They are also the insects that transmit the Zika virus. These insects are found all over the world except Antarctica. In some parts of the world, mosquitoes even affect demographic trends, driving people to live far from the coast.

The snake is the third most dangerous animal on earth

Third place goes to… the snake. Although feared, snakes are above all afraid of man, and rarely approach him. Fatal snakebites happen more often than you might think! But snakes kill less than man himself. Humans are almost the most dangerous « animal », with 475,000 murders committed every year.

After seeing this infographic and reading this information, perhaps you’ll pay more attention to vaccines against these diseases, and to mosquito repellent products.

Spotted on Gates Notes Main photo credit: Flickr – koorosh B