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World Mosquito Day: Block the Bite

The Oxford School observed World Mosquito Day with a special assembly. World Mosquito Day, observed annually on 20 August, is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross’s discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. This year’s theme for World Mosquito Day was “Zero Malaria starts with me”. 

The special assembly was conducted by students of Grade-6 to create an awareness about the different types of diseases caused and spread by various species of mosquitoes. A speech was delivered by Fathima Tamanna Jasfan on the major diseases spread by mosquitoes and its symptoms.

A special programme was also conducted, in which all the students in the class presented a poster with a slogan regarding the theme of assembly. A pledge was also taken by all to prevent mosquitoes and diseases caused by them, spread awareness on the same and there by to keep our community free of mosquito-borne diseases.

Its the female mosquito that bite animals and humans to drink their blood, though in a very small amount. They need protein and iron from blood to produce their eggs which are laid in standing water. Though the males live for about a week to ten days, the females can live up to several weeks.  From itchy bumps and allergic reactions to life threatening diseases, mosquito bite is always problematic in some way or other.

Common diseases spread by mosquitoes include malaria, chikundunya, dengue, west nile virus, zika virus etc. Mosquito bites can be prevented by using an insect repellent or fully covering up our body when we go outdoors, mosquito-proof our home by installing net doors, getting rid of mosquito breeding by regularly emptying standing water inside and ouside our house etc. 

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