Top 18 most dangerous animals for humans
This ranking of animals causing the most human deaths is based on an infographic published on the blog of Bill Gates, data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the results of a survey of wild animals. Monaco Institute of Oceanography dating from 2012,
18 – The shark (- 10 deaths/year)
With less than ten deaths per year on average, the shark is chewier than it crunches. Victim of the success of the film “The teeth of the sea,” his life is mainly because the man does not try to chase him, although he has already reduced by 80% the population of this animal several hundred years old — millions of years. For if human flesh is not to the taste of sharks (even for the white shark), which attacks men by mistake, his is a delicacy in many Asian countries. More than 50 million sharks are caught every year, and many species are endangered.
17 – The wolf (10 dead / year)
Here again, popular beliefs have bad publicity for this animal. It is very far from the predator who kills the grandmothers, eats the little girls, and devours the sheep of the sheepfold.
16 – The jellyfish (50 to 100 deaths/year)
The main cause of fatal accidents due to jellyfish is the box jellyfish, a marine animal with 24 eyes that can weigh up to 2 kilos. Moving very fast (up to 6 meters/second), it defends itself and attacks with its tentacles of 6 meters long and containing a venom that can be mortal for the man, according to the species.
15- The lion (100 to 200 deaths/year)
If the director of special effects Game of Thrones recently died of a lion attack, this beast is not the fondest of humans. As for the wolf, his attacks are due to an intrusion of the man on his territory.
14- The elephant (100 to 600 deaths/year)
Vegetarian, the elephant, is none the less one of the largest mammals in the world. Also, it is not surprising that men succumb to the burden of this animal or a whole herd.
13 – The bee and the hornet (400 deaths/year)
If there are many deaths due to bee sting or hornets, they are mostly due to allergies to the venom injected by these insects.
12 – The hippopotamus (500 deaths/year)
Again, although the hippopotamus is herbivorous, it can be very dangerous for humans, weighing up to 3.2 tons. Protecting his territory, he can fatally injure humans by charging them and using his big teeth.
11 – The crocodile (1,000 to 2,000 deaths / year)
If Steve Irwin, aka The Crocodile Hunter, died from a venomous injury to a stingray, he could well have suffered a jaw from one of the animals he loved so much to capture. Similarly, Thai trainers going so far as to plunge their heads into the mouth of crocodiles are probably fueling this impressive number of deaths. It must be said that when the jaw of the animal is closed, it is a force of 2,300 pounds falling on the victim.
10 – Tapeworm (2,000 deaths/year)
A little worm will become significant by feeding it. The tapeworm affecting humans comes either from pork or undercooked beef. Once in the body, this parasite settles in the intestines of its host and directly absorbs food that passes. Without treatment, it continues to grow up to 10 meters long. At this stage, the human host does not benefit at all from the food it absorbs and can lose weight quickly for no reason. It also happens that no symptom is declared for several years.
9 – The scorpion (3,500 deaths/year)
Installed in the south of France and Corsica, the scorpion is not then dangerous for the man. On the other hand, the bites of some species of Africa or South America can be fatal. Hiding in cool places in hot countries (under stones, in the shade, under beds …), they are responsible for more than a million bites per year, of which 3,500 become deadly, as specified by Wikipedia. In 2006, more than 80 people died in Morocco, 60 in Algeria and “during the strong years in Mexico, there were more than 1,000 deaths in a single year”.
8 – The tsetse fly (10,000 deaths / year)
As a carrier of the deadly disease of sleep, the tsetse fly is prevalent in sub-Saharan African countries. The disease affects nearly 70,000 people a year but can be treated if diagnosed quickly.
7 – The Flies (13,000 deaths / year)
As a sort of blood-sucking stink bugs, The flies are carriers of trypanosomes, a parasite that causes sleeping sickness or Chagas’ disease. The traces of this last date back to ancient Egypt where traces of this disease were found on a mummy of more than 4,000 years. Transmitted to humans, it affects up to 300,000 people each year, of which 13,000 die according to WHO.
6 – The roundworm (60 000 deaths/year)
A small worm that is mainly present in tropical or subtropical areas, the roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) is responsible for ascariasis, a disease linked to water and hygiene. Mostly contracted by children, the infections it causes affect “up to 10% of the developing population […] and cause about 60 000 deaths per year”, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO ).
5 – Dogs (25,000 deaths / year)
According to WHO, rabies was the 10th leading cause of death from infection in humans in 2007. If many animals can carry it, the most affected are the dogs, wherever they are in the world. If in Europe, this disease has been eradicated through preventive vaccination, it continues to make between 40 000 and 70 000 deaths per year.
4 – Freshwater mollusks / schistosomes (20,000 to 200,000 deaths / year)
All mollusks are not born killers, only those in which the schistosome, a hematophagous worm, has come to nest. Transmitted to humans, it causes different types of bilharziasis or schistosomiasis, a disease that can cause varicose veins in the esophagus, which bursting leads to fatal internal bleeding. This worm, which is widespread in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, is the source of the most massive parasitic pandemic in the world, after malaria, infecting 261 million people in 2013 and being at the 20 000 to 200 000 deaths per year according to WHO.
3 – Snakes (100,000 deaths / year)
According to the WHO, snake bites cause more than 100,000 deaths a year worldwide. If they are not always fatal, they very often result in an amputation of the poisoned limb, in more than 300 000 cases, for lack of access to care or anti-venom devices.
2 – The mosquito (800 000 deaths/year)
According to WHO figures, malaria alone caused 584,000 deaths in 2013 (“with a margin of uncertainty of between 367,000 and 755,000”). This disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes has been a scourge for decades, mostly in African countries, where infected mosquitoes prefer to bite humans than animals.
1 – The man
The man is a wolf for the man, and it seems that he does not need the animals to make his environment hostile.