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Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 2:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

After massive floods in Pakistan that displaced millions of people, authorities expected an equally massive malaria epidemic -- that never happened. Why?
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Did the floods kill malaria mosquitos?
Do "Authorities" in puzzle sentence refer to Pakistan authorities?
Did the authorities reasonably expect the malaria epidemic?
Did the authorities expect the displaced people to get malaria?
Was there no epidemics because people did not get sick? Because people who got sick got proper healthcare?
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Did the floods kill malaria mosquitos? No.
Do "Authorities" in puzzle sentence refer to Pakistan authorities? Yes.
Did the authorities reasonably expect the malaria epidemic? Yes.
Did the authorities expect the displaced people to get malaria? Yes.
Was there no epidemics because people did not get sick? Correct. Because people who got sick got proper healthcare? No.
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Did authorities expect large areas of water to remain pooled after the flood? And these water pools would attract mosquitoes?

Did they in fact expect malaria to be brought and spread by mosquitoes?
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Did authorities expect large areas of water to remain pooled after the flood? And these water pools would attract mosquitoes?

Did they in fact expect malaria to be brought and spread by mosquitoes?

Yes to all.
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Did water actually collect and pool in areas?
Were mosquitoes attracted to the area?
Did something prevent either of these things?
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Did water actually collect and pool in areas? Yes.
Were mosquitoes attracted to the area? Yes.
Did something prevent either of these things? No.
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Were there people in the flooded areas, who could catch malaria?
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Were there people in the flooded areas, who could catch malaria? Yes.
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Were the mosquitoes in the area carrying malaria?
Were many people bitten by mosquitoes?
Was a vaccine available?
Were the bugs killed before they could infect people?
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Were the mosquitoes in the area carrying malaria? Yes.
Were many people bitten by mosquitoes? No.
Was a vaccine available? Irr.
Were the bugs killed before they could infect people? Yes.
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Had the people in the area taken some kind of pre-emptive step to kill mosquitoes? Or did some act of nature kill them? Were there predators in the area that wiped out the mosquitoes?
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Had the people in the area taken some kind of pre-emptive step to kill mosquitoes? No. Or did some act of nature kill them? Indirectly. Were there predators in the area that wiped out the mosquitoes? Yes.
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Bats?
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Did the predators appear or agglomerate because of the flood?
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Bats? No.

Did the predators appear or agglomerate because of the flood? Yes.
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Did the pools of water draw the predators as well as the mosquitoes? Or were the predators already in the area? Are the predators birds? Fish? Mammals? Amphibians? Insects?

Did predators eat mostly the flying mosquitoes? Or moreso the larvae?
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Did the pools of water draw the predators as well as the mosquitoes? No. Or were the predators already in the area? Yes. Are the predators birds? Fish? Mammals? Amphibians? Insects? None of these.

Did predators eat mostly the flying mosquitoes? This. Or moreso the larvae? Not this.
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Are the predators not animals at all? Are they some kind of Venus flytrap?
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Are the predators not animals at all? Incorrect. Are they some kind of Venus flytrap? No.
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Reptiles? Bacteria? Micro organisms? Spiders?
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Reptiles? Bacteria? Micro organisms? Spiders? This.
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So, was there an extraordinary great number of spiders in the relevant areas?
Are we talking about a specific species or type of spider?
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So, was there an extraordinary great number of spiders in the relevant areas? Not especially.
Are we talking about a specific species or type of spider? No.
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But an extraordinary high number of mosquitoes were caught by the ordinary number of spiders that were there?
Is human intervention at all relevant?
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Were the bugs caught in the spiders' webs?
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But an extraordinary high number of mosquitoes were caught by the ordinary number of spiders that were there? Yes.
Is human intervention at all relevant? No.

Were the bugs caught in the spiders' webs? Yes.
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Were the mosquitoes caught immediately after they hatched from larvae? before they could produce eggs?
Did the spiders build their webs near the water? Did the webs float on the water? where they built on debris floating on the water? (if so: were the webs already there before the flood?)
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Were the mosquitoes caught immediately after they hatched from larvae? No. before they could produce eggs? Yes.
Did the spiders build their webs near the water? Yes. Did the webs float on the water? No. where they built on debris floating on the water? No.(if so: were the webs already there before the flood? No.)
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Did flood waters bring the spiders?
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Did flood waters bring the spiders? They were present before the flood.
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Did the waters enable spiders to produce more webs? To produce webs in better places to catch mosquitoes? To produce webs that were less visible for mosquitoes?
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Did the waters enable spiders to produce more webs? No. To produce webs in better places to catch mosquitoes? Yes. To produce webs that were less visible for mosquitoes? No.
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Is it relevant how high flood waters were?
Could spiders build their webs in the places they normally can't reach? Did mosquitoes fly lower than they usually do?
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Is it relevant how high flood waters were? Mildly. Assume several feet.
Could spiders build their webs in the places they normally can't reach? I'm sure they could reach where they were regardless. Did mosquitoes fly lower than they usually do? No.
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Did the webs somehow prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs? Could the mosquitoes reach the locations where they lay eggs?
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Did the webs somehow prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs? Well, yes. Could the mosquitoes reach the locations where they lay eggs? Apparently not.
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Blooper Alert:

Could spiders build their webs in the places they normally can't reach? Something like that.
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Did spiders build their webs in the places that mosquitoes use to lay their eggs?
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Did spiders build their webs in the places that mosquitoes use to lay their eggs? No.
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Hint: The mosquitoes were caught before laying their eggs.
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Were the webs mostly horizontal? Or vertical? Both? Relevant?
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Were the webs mostly horizontal? Or vertical? Both? This. Relevant? Yes.
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Were the webs in trees? Bushes? Reeds? Near people? Near other mosquito prey?
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Were the webs in trees? This. Why? Bushes? Reeds? Near people? Near other mosquito prey?
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Were the trees the only thing that was above the water level during the flood?
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Were the trees the only thing that was above the water level during the flood? Close enough. I wouldn't be surprised if houses were also draped in spiderweb...

Spoiler:

Spiders fled the floods by climbing into trees, then built their webs there and caught most of the mosquitoes that normally would have nested in the stagnant water.

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/spider-webs-pakistan-trees.shtml
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Good one.

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