The first World Pest Day was launched here in China on Tuesday, aimed at eventual reduction and elimination of pest-borne diseases.
The inaugural World Pest Day, initiated by the Chinese Pest Control Association (CPCA), proposed to increase awareness of pest-borne diseases and safeguard public health through scientific and professional pest control methods.
Trade associations from India and several other countries have also joined hands as part of this first-ever global initiative.
A dedicated day would allow raising of public awareness world over to highlight the importance of pest management industry through various events.
More than 30 national and international organisations signed to support the initiative.
CPCA President Xu Jianguo said the launching of World Pest Day came at the right time as the number of mosquito, tick, and rodent-borne diseases like Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue fever and malaria were on the rise in recent years.
The severity of invasion had also increased due to a rapidly warming planet, accelerating urbanization and booming trade and tourism, according to Xu.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that more than one billion people worldwide are exposed to vector- borne diseases, and every year one million people lose their lives as a result, the report said.
The economic costs of these diseases amount to more than 17 per cent of the total costs of infectious diseases.
The IPCA president said it has joined hands with Americas National Pest Management Association (NPMA), Federation of Asian & Oceania Pest Managements Association (FAOPMA), Chinese Pest Control Association (CPCA) and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) to support this global in initiative.
The IPCA today also held a parallel event in New Delhi to mark the day.