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Nine-Year-Old Wins 'Tastiest Girl' in Mosquito Bite Contest

She went home with a ceramic trophy and a monumental number of itchy welts.

by VICE Staff
Aug 15 2016, 2:05pm

Photo via Flickr user Keith.

A young girl covered in 43 itchy bites took home the grand prize at the Russian Mosquito Festival after a horde of bugs decided she was the most delicious, Associated Press reports.

Nine-year-old Irina Ilyukhina braved swarms of blood-sucking bugs as she went berry picking with her competitors in the Russian town of Berezniki, where the annual mosquito festival has been held for the past four years. When Ilyukhina returned to the judges, she was covered in a whopping 43 bites—the most out of any women competing for the title of "Tastiest Girl." She went home with a ceramic trophy and a monumental number of itchy welts.

Along with the "Tastiest Girl" competition, festival-goers took part in a mosquito costume contest, as well as a competition to see who could do the best mosquito squeak. There was also an award for the most mosquitos caught in a jar.

Competitors weren't particularly concerned about Zika, as Russia has managed to avoid the global public health emergency with only five reported cases of the virus. Texas, on the other hand, held its own mosquito festival last month, despite logging more than 100 cases of the virus.

Read: How Scared Should I Be of Zika?