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Mosquito Madness

Do you how to prevent mosquito bites? Test your smarts about this summer pest -- and how to protect yourself.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What are mosquitos attracted to?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Mosquitoes are blood-sucking insects that are attracted to moisture, sweat, heat and carbon dioxide. They carry disease in some parts of the world.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How can you protect yourself from mosquitos?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Use a mosquito repellent, burn citronella candles outdoors, stay indoors at high-biting times and remove still water where mosquitoes lay eggs.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What time of day do mosquitos feed?

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The correct answer is: Mosquitoes most often feed from dusk to dawn. Staying indoors at dawn and dusk and in the early evening may lower your risk for mosquito bites.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Is it safe to use DEET mosquito repellent?

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The correct answer is: DEET, a pesticide, is contained within many insect repellents and is generally considered safe to use (except on infants). However, DEET can be toxic to ingest, so take some precautions including keeping DEET off hands.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What kind of natural, effective mosquito repellent is good to use?

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The correct answer is: Use a natural repellent that contains essential oils such as lemon, eucalyptus and lavender. There are numerous commercially available DEET-free mosquito repellents that contain the essential oils listed above as well as other natural ingredients.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Natural mosquito repellents require more frequent application than chemical ones.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Make sure you've got an adequate supply, as more frequent application is usually required.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Mosquitos are attracted to certain people more than others.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Mosquitoes are attracted to mild acids, such as CO2 and lactic acid. We can’t do much about the CO2 we give off as we breathe, but we can do something about excess lactic acid by eating diets low in refined carbs and bad fats and taking a B-complex supplement that is high in thiamin.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How do you prevent your child from getting a bug bite?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Of course, you'll want to use insect repellant, too -- just be sure to apply it outdoors and wash your child's skin thoroughly with soap and water at the end of the day.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What diseases can mosquitos carry?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Mosquito bites alone can infect a person with the West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever or dengue fever.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women are more likely to be bitten by mosquitos.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Men are more likely to be bitten by mosquitos -- especially those who are overweight and who have type O blood.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What are the symptoms of mosquito bites?

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The correct answer is: Mosquito bites generally result in red, itchy bumps that may be swollen, large or small. If they cause a more serious allergic reaction, symptoms can be more severe, including hives, rashes, pain and difficulty breathing. These serious symptoms require a doctor's care.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Insect bites affect adults differently from children.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In general, there is not much of a difference. In some cases, adults can become less affected by the irritation in mosquito bites than children.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's best not to do outdoor activities alone if you are allergic to mosquito bites.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If you have severe allergies to insects, don’t ever engage in outdoor activities alone, in case you need emergency medical attention. And keep your EpiPen® (injectable epinephrine) on hand whenever you’re outside in warm weather.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is a natural way to soothe a mosquito bite?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Use an ice pack for temporary relief of severe itching and swelling followed by honey (a natural antibiotic) to soothe skin and prevent infections, followed by tea tree oil every two to three hours to aid healing.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is true of malaria?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Four types of malaria parasites affect humans and are typically transmitted through bites from a mosquito carrying the disease. In the US, most reported incidences of malaria are found in people who have recently traveled abroad to tropical and subtropical countries where malaria is common.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: The symptoms of malaria are similar to the flu.

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The correct answer is: This is true. With early symptoms of malaria, someone may feel like they have the flu. Symptoms may include high fever, sweats, chills, headache and muscle pain. They may have nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhea.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What is the treatment for malaria?

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The correct answer is: Prescription medications are usually given orally or intravenously by a doctor. In milder cases of malaria, people tend to begin feeling better a day or two after treatment has begun.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Who is at risk for West Nile virus?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. People who travel a lot, work outdoors or have a weakened immune system (from age, long-term disease or use of steroids/chemotherapy) are more at risk.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What percentage of Americans bit by mosquitos develop a serious case of West Nile virus?

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The correct answer is: Many people get mosquito bites, but less than 1 percent of people infected with West Nile virus get seriously ill.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most people with West Nile virus don't recover fully.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Most people with West Nile virus recover fully with no complications.

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