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Pathogens Quiz


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Sabrina has the flu. Her neighbor suggests she get a prescription for an antibiotic, but Sabrina’s mothers says that antibiotics would not help in this situation. Why?

A. the flu is caused by a virus, and it cannot be treated with an antibiotic.

B. the flu is caused by a fungus, and it must be treated with antifungal medication

C. the flu is caused by a parasitic worm, and must be treated with an anti-parasitic medication

D. the flu is caused by a bacterium, and it cannot be treated with an antibiotic.


Which type of pathogen is responsible for causing the flu, chicken pox, and yellow fever?

A. viruses

B. parasites

C. fungi

D. bacteria


Malaria is a common disease in many countries. What type of pathogen is malaria?

A. a virus

B. a bacterium

C. a fungus

D. a protist


Which pathogen does NOT have DNA?

A. fungi

B. protist/parasite

C. bacteria

D. virus

E. they all have DNA


Athlete’s Foot is caused by:

A. fungus

B. bacteria

C. parasite

D. virus


Which of the following statements about pathogens is true?

A. A pathogen describes anything that causes illness or disease

B. Pathogens are all microscopic

C. All pathogens are transmitted through the air from host to host

D. All pathogens cause cells to swell and burst


True or False:
Asthma is a non-infectious disease?

A. TRUE

B. FALSE


Strep Throat is caused by:

A. virus

B. bacteria

C. fungi

D. parasite


A class of organisms that harm their host by producing toxins that interfere with normal body function.

A. liverwarts

B. Slime molds

C. Bacteria

D. Amoebas


Which pathogen has spores that are carried through the air?

A. protist/parasite

B. fungi

C. bacteria

D. virus


Influenza is caused by:

A. virus

B. bacteria

C. parasite

D. fungi


a class of organisms that feed primarily on dead material that can cause illness.

A. fungi

B. protozoas

C. bacteria


Vaccines are used to prevent diseases by which type of pathogen?

A. virus

B. bacteria

C. parasite

D. fungi




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