For tonight’s challenge we find out how much you know about medical entomology, the section of insect science devoted to human health. These questions are taken from the IB109 “Insects & People” class here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I will award one point per question to the first person to correctly answer each. The cumulative points winner for the month of September will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my insect photography galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.
1. What is an arbovirus?
a. a virus that is carried by a tree-dwelling mosquito
b. a virus that is carried by any arthropod
c. a virus that is carried specifically by a mosquito
d. a virus that infects arthropods
2. How many people are estimated globally to be infected with Dengue every year?
3. Which of the following might be mis-diagnosed for delusory parasitosis?
a. fowl mite infestation
b. spider mite infestation
c. deer tick bites
4. What is the most serious health risk presented by cockroaches?
a. they carry disease organisms on their bodies
b. they contaminate food with quinone defense secretions
c. they nibble nails and hair of sleeping humans
d. they shed allergens into the environment
5. Which arthropod-borne disease killed many of Napoleon’s soldiers on his 1812 march towards Moscow?
a. bubonic plague
d. Lyme disease
6. West Nile virus is not normally a human pathogen. In nature, the virus circulates between mosquitoes and:
7. If you are diagnosed with Pediculosis, what sort of treatment might help?
a. there is no treatment
c. a fine-toothed comb
d. bed nets
8. Of the following places, where are you most likely to catch plague today?
b. New Mexico
9. Which of the following arthropods is most likely to be monophagous?
10. The accidental arrival of Aedes albopictus to the United States in the 1980s increased the chances that North Americans will experience outbreaks of:
b. Murine Typhus