No Zika concern for ‘tastiest girl’ in Russian mosquito contest

In this frame grab provided by the APTN a woman dressed as a mosquito enjoys with others a sunny Sunday during the Russian Mosquito Festival in the town of Berezniki, Aug. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Associated Press, St. George News

BEREZNIKI, Russia (AP) — While fears of the Zika virus have kept some people away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, for residents of one Russian town the more mosquito bites the better.

At this past weekend’s Russian Mosquito Festival in the town of Berezniki, 9-year-old Irina Ilyukhina won the “tastiest girl” category with 43 bites to show for going berry-picking in the forest with her mother. She was awarded a ceramic cup in recognition of the welts all over her legs.

Unusually hot and dry weather in the Ural Mountains town, however, has greatly depleted the number of mosquitoes this year. Festival organizers had to cancel the traditional mosquito hunt, where participants try to collect as many of the insects as possible in jars.

The heat also had Yana Solyarskaya sweltering in her mosquito costume (pictured above) as she led some of the dancing at the festival, now in its fourth year.

Russia has detected only a few Zika cases, all in people who are believed to have been infected in areas overseas where the virus has spread.

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  • Bob August 15, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    i predict this zika thing is one gigantic hoax. more likely those malformed babies were the result of chemical poisoning and this “zika scare” is being used for a cover. a company linked to monsanto had been adding experimental larvacides to the drinking water down there in brazil, so… does the gov’t tell the people it’s been poisoning them… or blame a mosquito virus…

    • ladybugavenger August 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Heck no the government doesn’t tell people it’s poisoning them. We are little rats in a lab and they perform experiments on the human race. Run little rats! run!

    • .... August 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Hoax ? you mean like your idiotic claims about vaccines. .

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