How Did Bill Gates Fight Dengue in Indonesia?

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Bill Gates demonstrating how drones are being used for surveillance. (Malaria Summit London)

If you judge by the number of people killed by an animal every year, then nothing comes close to what mosquitoes can do. They come on top of the list of the world’s deadliest animals. This story will tell you how Bill Gates fight dengue in the world.

Mosquitoes kill more than 700,000 people every year according to the World Health Organization. This tiny creature carries a lot of deadly diseases such as dengue fever, yellow fever, malaria and encephalitis. Malaria alone affects about two million people. Approximately 600,000 people die from this disease.

More than 2,500 species of mosquitoes exist all over the world. Every region on the planet breeds mosquitoes except Antarctica. They breed quickly so that their population outnumbers almost every animal on earth except ants and termites. They caused the death of tens of thousands of people during the construction of the Panama Canal.

Bill Gates actually gave his blood to fight these deadly insects in Indonesia. Researchers at Ghada Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia conducted a study to help develop a cure for such mosquito-borne diseases. They requested a blood sample from Gates when he visited the country some time in 2014. The software mogul shares his experience on his personal blog site.

Mr. Gates created Mosquito Week to support the global effort to fight dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases. The campaign features the philanthropist’s thoughts, experiences as well as world programs dedicated to fight deadly diseases caused by mosquitoes. You can follow this campaign on the businessman’s personal blog site.

Now, there’s a truly interesting fact about mosquitoes that you should know. It’s great to know that the creator of Microsoft cares for the world’s pressing problems. Seeing Bill Gates fight dengue with his annual Mosquito Week is truly inspiring. I hope more people will come to join him in this fight.

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