Before answering the question of dangerousness, it is still necessary to agree on what this notion implies. In general, an animal is considered dangerous when it is capable of killing many people. For that, he must be in contact with a large fraction of the population. If you wanted to include the shark in this top 5, you missed it because this animal has no particular appetite for humans and it does not frequent the same living spaces.
To help you, know that the danger often does not come from the animal itself but the hosts accompanying it. You may be starting to name a few animals from these top 5 most dangerous animals for humans … Here is the solution!
The mosquito: undoubtedly the most dangerous
The mosquito is truly the number 1 enemy of man, as it alone kills nearly 750,000 people around the world each year. It is not so much the animal itself that kills, but the viruses it transmits by biting its victims. These are several species of mosquitoes capable of carrying around forty different viruses. These are called “arboviruses”, meaning that they are viruses spread by blood-sucking insects. The mosquito’s most well-known diseases are malaria, yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika virus disease.
The last mosquito species to be talked about a lot and to make Westerners tremble are tiger mosquitoes. It first appeared in the United States in the 1980s, then in Europe in the 1990s. Unsurprisingly, it followed the major tourist and commercial routes to develop.
It has a remarkable ability to travel because its eggs are protected by an impermeable envelope, allowing them to withstand temperatures below 0 and insecticides. They can hatch more than a year after being laid. And unlike many species, the tiger mosquito bites during the day, making it more challenging to protect yourself.
The snail transmits a parasite called the schistosome which causes schistosomiasis (or bilharzia), a chronic disease responsible for 110,000 deaths each year.
Contamination occurs during activities leading to exposure to contaminated water. Children of school age where the principles of routine hygiene are not respected are particularly vulnerable to this disease. The fight against schistosomiasis is organized through water treatment and the battle against gastropods.
The snake is a major threat in South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the regions with the most cases. One hundred thousand people die each year from snakebites.
In our countries, it turns out that the majority of snakes are not poisonous. If the first symptoms generally observed in the victim are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tachycardia, and shivering, these are more due to the bite’s emotion, nourished by the collective imagination, which strongly associates the serpent and death. In the event of an edge, one should remain calm but still go to a doctor for an examination without delay.
The cause of death in dogs is actually due to the rabies virus. Every year, nearly 60,000 people around the world die from it. Non-existent in France, the disease is rife, especially in Asia and Africa. The virus is present in saliva and is transmitted by a bite from an infected animal and by scratching or only licking and excoriated skin or mucous membrane.
Man is a wolf to man.
Like other animals, humans can transmit various diseases to their fellows. The latest is that linked to the coronavirus. As of May 11, 2020, the estimated global death toll attributed to him exceeded 282,000.
But let’s not forget the human capacity to kill for all kinds of unreasonable motives, which are a great source of inspiration for television series: the number of murders is estimated at 460,000 worldwide.