It turns out that the most dangerous animal in the world is not a shark, or a man, as many are used to thinking. In fact, most of the deaths due to animal fault are most often associated not so much with them as with the diseases they suffer.
Undoubtedly, the figures below are estimates, but they still make it possible to compile an approximate list of the most dangerous creatures that annually kill more than a million people around the world.
15. Sharks – 6 deaths per year
The attack of a shark on a man is a rather rare phenomenon. So, in 2014, sharks caused the death of 3 people, in 2015 they killed 6 people.
14. Wolves – 10 deaths per year
Attacks by wolves on humans are quite rare in many places in their natural habitat. Studies have shown that in the last 50 years only a few deaths have occurred in Europe and North America, although in some parts of India wolves killed up to 10 people per year.
13. Lions – from 22 deaths per year
The number of human deaths due to the attack of lions varies from year to year. So, according to the 2005 survey, in Tanzania alone since 1990, lions killed 563 people, an average of 22 people a year. Certainly, lions attack people outside of Tanzania, but in much lesser numbers.
12. Elephants – 500 deaths per year
Elephants are also responsible for the death of people. The National Geographic article of 2005 states that as a result of the attack of elephants, 500 people a year die each year. But much more of these animals were killed by humans.
11. Hippos – 500 deaths per year
For a long time hippos were considered the most deadly animals in Africa. They are known for their aggressiveness towards a person and always try to overturn a boat.
10. Tape worms (tapeworms) – 700 deaths per year
Tape worms, getting into the human body, cause the disease of cysticercosis, which results in the death of about 700 people a year.
9. Crocodiles – 1000 deaths per year
Crocodiles are considered the largest animals, which according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations cause the largest number of deaths in Africa, although the exact number of victims is unknown.
8. Ascarids – 4,500 deaths per year
Ascarids are parasitic worms that cause a disease called “ascariasis”, which kills around 4,500 people a year, according to a 2013 World Health Organization study. WHO notes that infection occurs in the small intestine of people. The risk of disease is more likely to affect children than adults.
7. The tsetse fly – 10 thousand deaths per year
The tsetse fly is the causative agent of the so-called “sleeping sickness”, first causing headache, itching, fever, joint pain, and ultimately leading to serious neurological problems. The number of deaths decreases every year, and today is 10 thousand per year.
6. Predators (“Kissing Bugs”) – 12 thousand deaths per year
Predators, also called “kissing bugs”, transmit the infection through the wounds on the human body, thereby causing the deadly disease of Chagas. By their fault, about 12 thousand die. Person per year.
5. Freshwater snail – from 20 thousand deaths per year
A freshwater snail is a carrier of parasitic worms that infect people with schistosomiasis. The disease is characterized by the following symptoms: severe pain in the abdomen, blood in the stool and urine. According to the WHO, this disease takes the lives of 20 to 200 thousand people every year.
4. Dogs – 35 thousand deaths
Dogs infected with the rabies virus are among the most deadly animals in the world, although this action of the virus can be prevented by vaccination. Of the 35,000 deaths per year due to rabies, 99% of these cases, according to WHO, are dogs.
3. Snakes – 100 thousand deaths
As of 2005, more than 100,000 people die each year from snake bites. What is even worse is the fact that there is an acute shortage of antidotes at the moment.
2. People – 437 thousand deaths per year
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, in 2012, about 437,000 murders were recorded, which makes humans the second most deadly animal for humans. We are not yet the most terrible enemy for ourselves, but we are very close to that.
1. Mosquitoes – 750 thousand deaths per year
Annoying sucking blood mosquitoes that transmit viruses from one person to another are the most deadly creatures for humans. Malaria alone alone takes more than 350,000 human lives annually in sub-Saharan Africa. WHO notes that the incidence is declining – from 2000 to 2015, the number of deaths decreased by 37%. Another disease transmitted by mosquitoes is Dengue Fever, which is the main cause of hospitalization and death of many children in some countries of Asia and Latin America.
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