August 2, 2010

Taiwanese Women Collects 4 Million Mosquitoes

A Taiwanese woman has won a $3,000 prize by catching roughly 4 million mosquitoes in just one month.

Imbictus International, a company that makes insect traps, said that Huang Yu-yen, from southern Taiwan's Yunlin county, beat 72 rivals with a catch weighing in at just 3 pounds and 5 ounces.

Her collection of mosquitoes doubled that of her nearest rival.

The company sent an application to Guinness World Records asking that Huang be recognized as the world's number one killer of mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes have been a major public health hazard in Taiwan, especially because the insects carry malaria. They are still responsible for the spread of dengue fever as well.

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