So this connects to the issue of what people are scared of versus actual risks. Like the excessive concern about terrorism or air travel, compared to the complacency with which people treat heart disease and colon cancer risk. How does it play out with the world's most dangerous animals?
A total of 1.5 million people were killed by animals in 2015. Similar to the 2014 findings, mosquitoes continue to be the deadliest animals; killing 830,000 people in 2015 through various diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Humans, responsible for 37.4% of all animal kills documented, maintain the second place spot, well ahead of snakes, scorpions, and sharks.