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Little bites, big threats. This is the theme chosen by theWorld Health Organization, WHO, to celebrate World Health Day 2014. It is actually a global campaign based on the fact that mosquitoes, flies, ticks and freshwater snails can spread pathogens that cause serious illness and death. Diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis and yellow fever are transmitted by these agents but can be prevented.
World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of theWorld Health Organizationin 1948. Each year a theme is chosen for this date that highlights an area of priority concern to WHO.
The theme of World Health Day 2014 is Little bites, big threats. And with a few simple measures you can protect your family and protect yourself by adopting simple measures such as sleeping under mosquito nets, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and using insect repellants.
More than half of the world's population is at risk of contracting these diseases and in some areas of the world, insects transmit diseases that are deadly for the population, mainly for children. Malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, and yellow fever are transmitted by these agents.
This year, the WHO intends to alert us to take some simple preventive measures to avoid greater evils. Sometimes a simple insect repellent or protecting the baby's skin with long-sleeved clothing can go a long way.
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