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Why I study the most dangerous animal on earth — mosquitoes | Fredros Okumu

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What do we really know about mosquitoes? Fredros Okumu catches and studies these disease-carrying insects for a living — with the hope of crashing their populations. Join Okumu for a tour of the frontlines of mosquito research, as he details some of the unconventional methods his team at the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania have developed to target what has been described as the most dangerous animal on earth.

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43 Comments on Why I study the most dangerous animal on earth — mosquitoes | Fredros Okumu

  1. Yoo

  2. Jaden Alexander // 20th February 2018 at 2:34 am // Reply

    Great video and im first

  3. it is really a vital challenge to eradicate malaria…lets make it successful..

  4. I’m pretty sure they’re the most hated animals too

  5. Thank you so much

  6. Amogh Deshpande // 20th February 2018 at 3:03 am // Reply

    Well, Are the mosquito repellent slippers available in market??

  7. Amogh Deshpande // 20th February 2018 at 3:03 am // Reply

    Don’t you think eradicating mosquitoes enhances the human domination over other organisms??

    • We have no choice but to dominate that’s just how we have evolved, no one has control over the entirety of the human population. We probably will alter our biology at some point to make us more compatible with the earth but until then we need to try to be stewards.

    • That’s the point.
      Mosquitos are purely parasites. They do not contribute to their environment at all, only leach off it. I value human life exponentially more than mosquitos, and would gladly see them wiped off the earth by our hands.

    • “We have no choice but to dominate that’s just how we have evolved”

      Of course we have a choice.

    • Do you want to commit genocide? That would be the only way to control our effects on the planet.

    • Not even remotely true.
      I know that lazy way of thinking all too well. You assert there is only a completely unacceptable way of fixing a problem and use that unacceptability as an excuse for complete inaction, instead of simply rejecting that one and exploring all other ways.

  8. Mosquito is an insect.

  9. Túlio Souza Lima // 20th February 2018 at 3:17 am // Reply

    Awesome initiative!
    Hope you’ll succeed!
    Hugs from Brazil!

  10. Who hates mosquito’s ?

  11. Jennifer Ann Fox // 20th February 2018 at 3:44 am // Reply

    my dad died in USA, state of GA last April from West nile virus. He was 5th of 6th reported by CDC in 2016. He was a healthy man, got sick like the flu then went to meninges and brain within a week and he got acute flaccid paralysis. He had a long 6 months on life support/ventilator and from one mosquito bite he suffered horribly until support removed. He could only nod or blink eyes for communication. It paralyzed him from neck down. He couldn’t smile, weak face muscles. Horrible. With West Nile, his motor neurons were destroyed but his sensory remained therefore he could feel touch but couldn’t move. Unfortuntely, I do not think there is enough research on West Nile.

    • ANDREW KLEMMER // 20th February 2018 at 1:10 pm // Reply

      Jennifer Ann Fox fake news

    • Jennifer Ann Fox // 20th February 2018 at 1:53 pm // Reply

      thank you for all your condolescences. I miss my dad alot. I contacted CDC by email last year and they actuaally sent some of there research articles. I still need to read through them. Extensive articles. My dad used to use bug spray but he stayed outside alot all his life and I guess one bite got him. Of those that get WNV 80% don’t even know it because of mild symptoms. the other 20 % usually are sick like the flu, only 1% get acute flaccid paralysis. So his case was rare.

    • Jennifer Ann Fox // 20th February 2018 at 1:53 pm // Reply

      I wish it was fake, unfortunately it was a very real nightmare for our family last year.

    • Channing Laurenss // 20th February 2018 at 10:13 pm // Reply

      damn fxck nile virus. Im sad about your daddy :'( . So weird a tiny thing can bring down a big healthy man

    • I’m sorry

  12. You are wrong, my friend. Humans are the most dangerous animal.

  13. Tasheem Hargrove // 20th February 2018 at 4:34 am // Reply

    Notification: Why I study the most dangerous animal on earth —

    Me: So you’re a Sociologist.

    • Thomaster шлепанцы // 20th February 2018 at 10:31 am // Reply

      Mosquitoes don’t kill people. People kill people. With mosquitoes!
      Charlie Sheen used Jar of Mosquitoes on Hairy Wizard. Harry Wizard got Zeka Virus (Hairy Wizard will gain one negative trait with every evolution).

  14. RemusKingOfRome5 // 20th February 2018 at 5:13 am // Reply

    BLOOD SUCKERS, vampires do exist – mozzies, Ticks, fleas, many bugs etc etc – They are the enemy.

  15. Humans are the most dangerous animal. No other animal is capable of destroying the whole planet.

    • godhead Humans aren’t capable of destroying the whole planet. Even after a nuclear Winter life will eventually go on. Life has experienced 6 mass extinctions we aren’t as powerful as you think

    • You’re very misinformed and your logic is naively flawed. Nuclear weapons would be far worse than previous NATURAL mass extinctions because of radiation. Animals didn’t cause any previous mass extinction. Whereas human would be the cause of a global extinction. So yes, humans are the most dangerous animal and we are that powerful. Saying life will eventually go on is ignorant of the fact that life would never be the same. It would take billions of years to recover and higher life forms may never appear. If you don’t think that level of destruction is unprecedented power, well you’re just wrong.

  16. DarkXperiMental // 20th February 2018 at 10:30 am // Reply

    when i read the first part of sentence, i would have thought you will speak about humans 😀

  17. Humans kill 56 billion land animals a year. I think we know the most dangerous animal…


  19. News flash Phd, the most dangerous animal on Earth is not mosquito.. Its human.

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