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?
What is NOT a class of parasite found in humans?
- protozoa and helminths
How many cells are protozoa?
- ten to thirty
- 4,000 to 5,000
But just because they're small doesn't mean they don't cause big problems. What is one protozoan parasite?
- 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?
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?
- kissing bugs
The tsetse fly spreads what illness?
- sleeping sickness
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?
Diphyllobothriasis is caused by eating:
- raw fish
- undercooked pork
- feces of beetles
How long can the tapeworm that causes diphyllobothriasis grow to?
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?
- 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:
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:
- 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:
What do bedbugs feed on?
Do bedbugs spread disease?
What do bedbugs cause?
- rashes and possible stronger allergic reactions
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