Kitchen Virus and Bacteria Quiz
by Staff
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
  • fever
  • 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.

  • true
  • false

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
  • countertops
  • the sink

True or False: Foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria are most common in summer.

  • true
  • false

What is one of the primary symptoms of a Shigella infection?

  • cold extremities
  • red eyes
  • diarrhea

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?

  • Salmonella
  • Vibrio vulnificus
  • Clostridium botulinum

What shape are Campylobacter bacteria?

  • wheel-shaped
  • spiral-shaped
  • rod-shaped

True or False: If your foods are contaminated with salmonella bacteria, there will usually be an "off" smell to warn you.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • cheeses
  • grains
  • eggs

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?

  • Salmonella
  • E. coli
  • Campylobacter

Campylobacter infections most often result from contact with what sort of product?

  • poultry
  • 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?

  • north
  • south
  • east

True or False: There are more bacteria on your kitchen cutting board than the toilet seat.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • winter
  • spring
  • summer

True or False: Plastic cutting boards are more hygienic than wooden cutting boards.

  • true
  • false

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.