Mosquito-borne illnesses have turned the tide of major battles, prevented settlement in many regions and even contributed to the fall of Rome

Boasting more than 3,500 species inhabiting every continent except Antarctica, it’s no secret the mosquito is an annoying insect.

Though the majority of mosquito species are harmless to humans, feeding on flower nectar and animals, others have changed the course of history thanks to the punishing diseases they transmit. Some historians even say mosquito-borne illnesses contributed to the fall of Rome. As Bill Gates has pointed out, these whiny little insects are by far the world’s most deadly species.

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