Monday April 7th, is World Health Day 2014: Preventing vector-borne diseases. Every year, more than 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases. The World Health Organization campaigns World Health Day to spread a few key messages:
• Vectors spread diseases: mosquitoes, flies, ticks, bugs and freshwater snails can spread diseases that cause serious health problems and even death.
• Diseases are preventable: the poorest people in the world are affected by preventable diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis, dengue, and yellow fever.
• 50% of the population is at risk: fifty percent of the population is at risk of these diseases. Increased risk can be caused by travel, trade and migration making people more susceptible.
• Protect yourself: protecting yourself is easy. You can take simple measures that include using insect repellant, sleeping under a bed net, and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.
You can learn more about World Health Day and how you can protect yourself from vector-borne diseases at: