Human Parasite Quiz
by Staff
Are you interested in staring up at the ceiling tonight in stone cold terror, convinced that a worm is slowly eating you from the inside? Have we got the quiz for you.

What's the definition of a parasite?

  • an organism that needs a host to survive
  • an organism that makes you ill
  • an organism that causes disease

What's a parasite that you've probably had?

  • how dare you
  • flea
  • botfly

What is NOT a class of parasite found in humans?

  • protozoa and helminths
  • bugs
  • ectoparasites

How many cells are protozoa?

  • ten to thirty
  • 4,000 to 5,000
  • one

But just because they're small doesn't mean they don't cause big problems. What is one protozoan parasite?

  • flatworms
  • malaria
  • roundworms

Malaria causes:

  • 100,000 deaths a year
  • 400,000 deaths a year
  • 600,000 deaths a year

What are Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)?

  • parasites that aren't medically curable
  • diseases that are largely eradicated in wealthier and more developed nations, but still exist in areas of poverty or conflict
  • diseases caused by bugs that can't be killed

What is one NTD?

  • guinea worm
  • tick
  • scabies

But let's get into it: what does the guinea worm do?

  • crawls out of your ear
  • happily exists in the gut
  • causes a big blister on the skin, in which the worm emerges from and hatches more eggs

What bugs spread Chagas disease?

  • mosquitoes
  • ticks
  • kissing bugs

The tsetse fly spreads what illness?

  • giardia
  • sleeping sickness
  • diarrhea

Trichomoniasis is an STD that affects how many Americans?

  • about 200,000
  • about 3.7 million
  • about 37 million

What are helminths?

  • parasitic worms
  • parasites bigger than one cell, but smaller than 100
  • a really scary parasite

Beef tapeworms -- which are found in both cattle and humans -- are generally how long?

  • up to 6 centimeters
  • up to 12 inches
  • up to 10 meters

How long does it take for the tapeworm to mature while inside the human intestine?

  • 2 weeks
  • 2 years
  • 2 months

Diphyllobothriasis is caused by eating:

  • raw fish
  • undercooked pork
  • feces of beetles

How long can the tapeworm that causes diphyllobothriasis grow to?

  • 10 feet
  • 30 feet
  • 4 feet

How can you get rid of the diphyllobothriasis?

  • medicine you have to take forever
  • medicine you have to take once
  • You can't get rid of it.

What are flukes?

  • bugs
  • weird parasites that have no other classification
  • a type of helminth

One famous (or infamous) fluke causes:

  • swimmer's itch
  • Legionnaires' disease
  • chicken pox

If you are hosting the lancet river fluke, you might have ingested:

  • toad stool
  • dog
  • ants

How many people does the CDC estimate are infected with hookworms?

  • 576-740 million
  • 200-400 million
  • 100-250 million

Bad news: Hookworms don't just get a hold of you if ingested. How else can they invade your literal inner peace?

  • They crawl in through your nose.
  • They burrow under your nails.
  • They can make their way inside you via sweat glands or hair follicles.

The human botfly causes:

  • disease
  • headache
  • raised, swollen pustules

What exactly does the botfly do to a human host?

  • The larvae penetrate the skin, and then mature and breathe through a small hole in the swollen skin.
  • infect the brain
  • give the host tremors

Any infection with fly larvae (such as the botfly) is called:

  • myiasis
  • vamipria
  • horrifying

What do bedbugs feed on?

  • blood
  • feces
  • tears

Do bedbugs spread disease?

  • probably
  • yes
  • no

What do bedbugs cause?

  • rashes and possible stronger allergic reactions
  • headache
  • fever

Let's end on everyone's favorite: lice. Where can you generally find lice on the head?

  • the very top of the head, or part
  • the nape of the neck and behind the ears
  • far away from the hair roots