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Deadliest creatures on Earth -- Mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are small, midge-like flies. Females of most species are ectoparasites, whose tube-like mouth parts pierce the hosts' skin to consume blood. These insects have been around for over 30 million years. With over 3000 different species, they are the most dangerous animal in the world. They are considered one of the deadliest animals on earth with their ability to spread diseases far and wide.

However, why haven't we already eradicated these killer bugs? These tiny creatures are very irritating. They cause different diseases and outbreaks such as malaria, dengue and the very recent kinds with dengue-like symptoms, zika and chikungunya. They may be very small in size yet could spread terrible symptoms in a community, such as this story.


A factory worker known only as Mr. Zhang was bitten by a mosquito so badly. He claimed that he had squeezed the bite to relieve the itching.But, the skin around the bite became inflamed and had festering symptoms. He suffered from a severely swollen face and rushed to the hospital.

Mr. Zhang, who worked in China's eastern Jiangsu Province, was at work when a mosquito landed on his face. He remembered very clearly that he was working the night shift and the mosquito bit him at around 2am. His face began to swell after the bite. The bite also began to discharge pus and later on he had trouble opening his eyes.


Each hospital where he visited turned him away and told him that they had no idea what was wrong with him. In the end, he went to the city of Luoyang in central China's Henan Province where he consulted a doctor and got treatment. Dr. Dai Tao, director of Luoyang Oriental Hospital said that his symptoms are very rarely seen. He had no swelling anywhere else besides his face. He added that his heart, lungs and blood tests all came back clean, normal and without any problems. It led doctors to believe that the bite was the cause of the swelling. The doctors also said that the swelling was the patient's reaction to the bite which could have been more poisonous than typical bites. Normally, mosquito bite symptoms would just last up to 48 hours after the initial bite. However, due to the lymph nodes on his face and neck, these caused the enormous size of the swelling. Doctors told him that there was no specific treatment for this. They could only recommend ice to lessen the swelling, relieve the pain and discomfort of his face. He was given ice pack bag and told him to calm down as a cure for this.

Now, he is reportedly recovering at home after being let go by the printing factory earlier in the month. He was dismissed by his employer from work this July due to frequent leaves for medical treatment.


The effects of mosquito bites can vary between people because our bodies are completely different from each other. Reactions to certain entities differ, too. Mosquito bite could have been just a mere bite, but to other like this guy, it could be worse. This man was really unlucky. According to some reports, when an insect bites, it releases saliva that can cause the skin around the bite to become red, swollen and itchy. The venom from a sting often also causes a swollen, itchy, red mark to form on the skin. It's painful, but it's harmless in most cases.

People are advised to use insect repellent and keeping your skin covered when outdoors will help you avoid being bitten or stung. If you are stung, wash the affected area with soap and water. Place a cold compress over the area to reduce swelling. Put away any spots where mosquitoes could possibly breed. Wear clothes with less skin exposure. Be aware of what your body reacts badly to and try to avoid it. Prevention is the only better option, anyway.

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