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This video features one of the longest Loa loa found- 20 cm long!!!

Test Yourself!

1. What year was the first documented case of Loa loa?
a.) 1527
    b.) 1907
    c.) 1797
    d.) 1707
    e.) 2007

2. Where are you most likely to find Loa loa?
    a.) Dry areas such as deserts
    b.) Wet areas such as rainforests or swamps
    c.) Cold areas such as the tundra
    d.) In freshwater ecosystems
    e.) In saltwater ecosystems

3. How do Loa loa reproduce?
    a.) Asexually
    b.) Sexually

4. What is a major difference between male and female Loa loa?
    a.) Only female Loa loa live in subcutaneous tissues of mammals
    b.) Only male Loa loa live in subcutaneous tissues of mammals
    c.) Adult female Loa loa are much larger in size than adult males
    d.) Adult male Loa loa are much larger in size than adult females

5. How long does it take for third stage microfilariae to fully mature into adult worms?
    a.) 1-4 years
    b.) 2-3 months
    c.) 2-3 weeks
    d.) 1-4 days

6. How long can an adult worm live in the subcutaneous tissues of its mammalian host?
    a.) 1-2 years
    b.) Up to 5 years
    c.) Up to 17 years
    d.) 3-4 months
    e.) Up to 9 years

7. How many and what kind of hosts are required in life cycle of Loa loa?
    a.) One mammalian host
    b.) Two hosts, a mammalian host and an arthropod host
    c.) Three hosts, a mammalian host, an arthropod host, and a plant host
    d.) One arthropod host
    e.) One plant host

8. When are microfilariae most present in the blood stream of their mammalian host?
    a.) During the day
    b.) During the night
    c.) There is no significant difference
    d.) Microfilaria do not live in the blood stream of mammals

9. What major phylum are Loa loa categorized under?
a.) Arthropoda
    b.) Nematoda
    c.) Platyhelminthes
    d.) Chordata
    e.) Mollusca

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