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The Humble Mosquito
"It may only be little but the mosquito has been man's greatest adversary in the animal kingdom, affecting social policy and even wars."
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The name for the mosquito comes from the Spanish language. What does it mean?
The mosquito is part of the family "Culicidae" which contains three sub-families. Which of the following is not one of the sub-families?
Mosquitoes are well-known for having a major role in the transmission of malaria into humans, but what exactly is that role?
The malaria parasite develops inside the mosquito larvae
The mosquito deposits its faeces onto a person's skin as it feeds
The mosquito passes on germs acquired from dirty water to humans
The mosquito acquires the parasite from one human and passes it on to another through its saliva
Only female mosquitoes feed on blood.
As well as malaria, which of the following diseases does the mosquito act as vector agent for?
All of these
West Nile Fever
Which feature of the adult insect do the pupae of Culex mosquitos lack?
Which chemical, formerly known as Neocide, was pushed by the USA as the tool to eradicate the world's mosquito population only for its use to be declared illegal at the end of 1972?
Before the widespread use of insecticides what was the most effective measure employed by civil authorities against mosquito-borne disease?
Improving the morals of the population
The imposition of quarantine on infected areas
Teaching the local population how to clean themselves properly
Draining sources of standing water
Which drink was introduced by the British Army into its colonies to help fight the spread of malaria?
Gin and Tonic
Vodka and Orange
Bourbon and Coke
White Rum and Lime
How does the chemical DEET help protect against mosquitoes and malaria?
It makes the skin impervious to the mosquito's proboscis
By killing mosquitoes that come into contact with it
By giving off a "scent" that disorients the mosquito
By making it impossible for the malaria parasite to pass into the bloodstream
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Compiled Dec 04 13