Kitchen Virus and Bacteria Quiz
The area where you make your meals is a magnet for germs of all kinds. How much do you know about kitchen viruses and bacteria?
Most people show what symptoms after being infected with Toxoplasma gondii?
- hacking cough
- no symptoms
Toxoplasmosis infection is often blamed on what?
- house cats
- rotten apples
- lettuce sourced from California
How many Americans are sickened by salmonella each year?
- roughly 500,000
- roughly 1 million
- roughly 5 million
True or False: Escherichia coli 0157:H7 is a virus.
Escherichia coli 0157:H7 is usually found in what food product?
- undercooked chicken
- undercooked beef
- undercooked pork
You should cook all poultry items until they reach what minimum internal temperature?
- 160 degrees F
- 165 degrees F
- 170 degrees F
What is typically the germiest area of a kitchen?
- the fridge
- the sink
True or False: Foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria are most common in summer.
What is one of the primary symptoms of a Shigella infection?
- cold extremities
- red eyes
How many deaths per year are caused by Shigella?
- perhaps half a million
- about 10,000
- maybe 500
How many Vibrio bacteria species can cause vibriosis in humans?
- about a dozen
- about 20
- about 40
Home-canned foods are sometimes linked to which pathogen?
- Vibrio vulnificus
- Clostridium botulinum
What shape are Campylobacter bacteria?
True or False: If your foods are contaminated with salmonella bacteria, there will usually be an "off" smell to warn you.
How long does it take for symptoms of salmonellosis to appear?
- about 6 hours
- anywhere from 12 hours to three days
- about a week
What kinds of food are most frequently contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes?
According to one study, there are about how many bacteria on a used kitchen sponge?
- 1 million per square inch
- 10 million per square inch
- 80 million per square inch
What's an effective way to disinfect your kitchen sponge?
- Microwave it.
- Let it soak in very hot water for a minute.
- Throw it away after five uses.
About how many Americans die each year after consuming eggs contaminated with salmonella?
- about 3,000
- about 30
- about 3
Which bacteria can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome?
- E. coli
Campylobacter infections most often result from contact with what sort of product?
- unwashed lettuce
- contaminated peanut butter
Rotaviruses typically affect only which part of the population?
- the very young
- pregnant women
- people with pets
In the U.S., norovirus may be the cause of what percentage of infectious diarrhea?
- about 25%
- about 50%
- about 90%
How has the United Kingdom managed to drastically drop instances of salmonellosis within its borders?
- chicken vaccines
- handwashing education campaigns
- hygiene education in public schools
Outbreaks of Vibrio vulnificus typically occur in which part of the United States?
True or False: There are more bacteria on your kitchen cutting board than the toilet seat.
When the temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit, for how long can you leave foods unrefrigerated?
- 30 minutes
- a hour
- two hours
When are rotavirus outbreaks most common?
True or False: Plastic cutting boards are more hygienic than wooden cutting boards.
How can you keep your wooden cutting board safer from bacteria and viruses?
- Apply a layer of mineral oil.
- Spray it with a strong bleach mixture.
- Dry it in your oven.