Mosquitoes are said to be the world’s most dangerous animals, more dangerous than snakes, sharks or lions, even humans. The reason these tiny killers are so dangerous is not that they are particularly ferocious, but the fact that they can transmit diseases including Zika, Dengue fever, encephalitis, yellow fever and, the deadliest disease of all, malaria.
About mosquitoes and malaria
According to MalariaNoMore, the microscopic malaria parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes is responsible for 214 million cases of illness and 438,000 deaths every year.
Around 90 per cent of all malaria deaths occur in Africa, where malaria still has a vice-like grip on the population. In 2015 alone, more than 300,000 children under the age of five died from malaria.
These figures are particularly disturbing when considering the minimal cost of life-saving
malaria treatments (just £1 for a child) and how easy it is to prevent mosquitoes from transmitting this deadly disease by simply using mosquito nets.
Mosquitoes on holiday
Holidaymakers too are at risk of being infected with malaria unless their travel company, hotel or lodge either provide nets to keep mosquitoes at bay or inform travellers that they will need to bring their own nets; again, the expense is minimal.
A net large enough to protect two people will set you back just £5, which is negligible in comparison to the pain and suffering caused by malaria.
Infection with malaria and other diseases
Like slips, trips and falls, infections by mosquito bites are more often than not preventable by simple risk assessments and implementation of suitable measures, like provision of said mosquito nets, to minimise existing risks.
If you were infected by a mosquito bite or sustained an injury by tripping, slipping or falling while on holiday, you could be entitled to travel accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our solicitors have over 15 years’ experience in travel injury claims covering injuries by trips, slips and falls, air, train and road accidents and, of course, cases of malaria and other mosquito-related illnesses.
To take advantage of their experience and get the compensation and justice owed to you, call us from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 or your home phone on 0800 689 0500 now and have a confidential, no-obligation chat with one of our advisors. Both of these lines are open 24/7, so you can call us any time from anywhere in the world without having to worry about differences in time.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice