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Quiz: Zika Facts Among Rumors, Myths and Conspiracy Theories
by Staff
There's a lot of misinformation about Zika out there. Do you know what's true and what's false? We'll start you off: Is it true Americans are immune to the Zika virus? Yes, this is a real rumor. No, Americans are not.

When was the Zika virus declared a global health emergency?

  • December 2015
  • January 2016
  • February 2016

How is the Zika virus transmitted?

  • from mother to fetus
  • mosquito bites
  • sexual contact with an infected partner
  • all of the above

A mosquito that spreads Zika infection is known as a what?

  • pathogen
  • pollinator
  • vector

True or false: Zika may cause birth defects.

  • true
  • false

What birth defect is Zika NOT associated with?

  • atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • eye abnormalities
  • microcephaly (abnormally small head)

What type of mosquito spreads the virus?

  • <i>Aedes</i>
  • <i>Anopheles</i>
  • <i>Culex</i>

True or false: Some species of<i> Aedes</i> mosquitoes also spread dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya viruses.

  • true
  • false

From most attractive to least attractive, what shirt colors are <i>Aedes</i> mosquitoes attracted to?

  • black, blue, red, tan, green, yellow and white
  • white, yellow, light khaki, red, heliotrope, gray and black
  • white, yellow, green, tan, red, blue and black

What time of day are <i>Aedes</i> mosquitoes more likely to bite?

  • daytime
  • nighttime
  • 24/7

What percentage of people who are infected with the Zika virus will have symptoms?

  • 20 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 80 percent

What port city is known as ground zero for Brazil's Zika outbreak?

  • Fortaleza
  • Recife
  • Rio de Janeiro

Unidentified as Zika, when was the first case of a mild viral infection with fever, rash and red eyes first reported in Brazil?

  • January 2015
  • February 2015
  • March 2015

Where was the first case of Zika reported in the U.S. mainland?

  • Iowa
  • New Jersey
  • Texas

What are the most common symptoms of Zika in nonpregnant adults?

  • high fever, jaundice, vomiting and weakness
  • mild fever, muscle and joint pain and rash
  • mild fever, stiff neck, swollen lymph nodes and rash

Conspiracy theory or fact: Releasing millions of mosquitoes genetically modified to fight dengue fever caused the Zika virus.

  • That's a conspiracy theory.
  • That's a fact.

What year was there a Zika outbreak in Australia?

  • 2007
  • 2013
  • 2015

It's recommended a woman with symptoms of Zika should wait how long before trying to conceive?

  • six weeks
  • six months
  • eight weeks
  • eight months

If a man has symptoms of a Zika infection or has recently visited a Zika-affected area, how long is it recommended he should wait before trying to conceive?

  • six weeks
  • six months
  • eight weeks
  • eight months

Conspiracy theory or fact: The increase in microcephaly was caused by vaccines for chickenpox and rubella.

  • That's a conspiracy theory.
  • That's a fact.

What is a possible complication of Guillain-Barre syndrome, which may be linked to Zika, in nonpregnant adults?

  • blindness
  • paralysis
  • restricted brain growth

One out of how many cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome is fatal?

  • one in 10
  • one in 20
  • one in 30

True or false: South Korea developed insect repellant-infused tracksuits, pants and blazers for their athletes to wear during the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies at Rio 2016.

  • true
  • false

How did Zika get its name?

  • from the Zika forest in Uganda, where it was discovered in monkeys
  • from the Zika forest in Uganda, where it was discovered in humans
  • from Victor Zika, the doctor who discovered it in humans

Conspiracy theory or fact: The Rockefeller Foundation patented the Zika virus in 1953.

  • That's a conspiracy theory.
  • That's a fact.

Where did the USA swimming team relocate its Rio 2016 pregame training camp to, from Puerto Rico?

  • Atlanta
  • Huntsville, Texas
  • Palo Alto, California

During what year was there a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia?

  • 2007
  • 2013
  • 2015

Where do Zika-carrying mosquitoes lay their eggs?

  • in grass or shrubbery
  • in moist soil
  • in pools of standing water

Which British long jumper had his sperm frozen before competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016?

  • Dan Bramble
  • Greg Rutherford
  • Chris Tomlinson

Which ingredient offers protection from Zika-carrying mosquitoes but is not recommended for pregnant women?

  • deet
  • picaridin
  • oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)

Conspiracy theory or fact: The Zika virus is part of a pharmaceutical company agenda to boost vaccine sales.

  • That's a conspiracy theory.
  • That's a fact.