Results of Italy's First Official Mosquito Swatting Competition

10 September 2000


A few weeks ago on ScienceWorld we told you about the world’s first official mosquito swatting competition in Italy. Contestants were given 15 minutes to kill as many mosquitos with their bare hands as they could. The one boasting the most kills would be awarded a prestigious golden mosquito and a medal. The competition was organised in response to a mosquito plaque that has had Italians scratching madly this summer. Anyway, the winner announced this week was 24 year old Christian Rizatto – he managed to kill 23 mozzies in 15 minutes “it was tough” he said, as he claimed his medal ! Researchers discover chemical produced by sweaty feet that attracts mosquitoes Scientists developing genetically modified mosquito incapable of transmitting malaria Researchers discover chemical mosquito-attractant (4-methylphenol)


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