Mysterious Bacteria Quiz
by Staff
E. coli is a common type of bacteria that can lead to serious health issues. Take this quiz to test your bacteria knowledge and learn about healthy forms of bacteria.

Hot tubs are supposed to be for relaxation, not infection, but this organism has been known to cause 'hot tub lung.'

  • Mycobacterium avium
  • Aspergillus
  • Vibrio cholerae
  • Streptococcus

Troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have come in contact with this bacteria, the same that infected wounds in the Vietnam war.

  • Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Staphylococcus aureaus

What bacteria lives in soil and may enhance your mood and make you smarter?

  • Mycobacterium vaccae
  • Yersinia pestis
  • Rhizobiaceae
  • E. coli

This rod-shaped organism killed one out of every three Europeans during the Middle Ages.

  • Bacillus anthracis
  • Francisella tularensis
  • Yersinia pestis

This bacteria is spread through the contaminated urine of infected animals and can cause flu-like symptoms or severe organ damage in both humans and our pets.

  • C.glabrata
  • E. coli
  • Leptospira
  • Chlamydia

You may think your laundry is clean but when you move your wet delicates from the washer to the dryer, what bacteria are you exposing yourself to?

  • Listeria
  • Borrelia
  • E. coli
  • Rickettsia

Yogurt is known for its good-for-you bacteria, known as probiotics, but other foods also offer similar benefits. Which food does not contain probiotics?

  • sauerkraut
  • miso
  • kefir
  • bananas

Prebiotic bacteria are found in foods such as honey and bananas and are a tasty buffet to the probiotic microbes living in our gut. What about prebiotics do probiotics like?

  • their sugar
  • their fat
  • their protein
  • their vitamin C

Different types of this organism are known to cause everything from sore throats to scarlet fever to flesh-eating disease, as well as dental cavities.

  • Staphylococcal bacteria
  • Haemophilus bacteria
  • Streptococcal bacteria

Your purse may be stylish but chances are you don't treat it very well -- the bottom of women's purses have been found to contain thousands (sometimes millions) of microbes. Which isn't a common bacteria hitching a ride in your hobo?

  • Staphylococcus
  • Pseudomonas
  • Salmonella
  • Legionella

To be considered sanitary, a surface should have no more than 1,000 bacteria per square inch. In which of the following locations will you find more Staphylococcus bacteria?

  • bathtub
  • trash can
  • toilet seat

What is the estimated combined weight of the trillions of microbes living in your gut?

  • Less than 1 pound
  • 1 to 2 pounds
  • 2 to 3 pounds
  • 3 to 5 pounds

Which of the following bacteria is a major cause of peptic ulcers?

  • Klebsiella
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Enterococcus faecium
  • Neisseria meningitidis

Beware ordering a fountain-dispensed soda. According to one recent study, what percentage of soda fountains contain coliform bacteria (fecal microbes)?

  • 18
  • 35
  • 48
  • 62

Would you like lemon in your beverage? No, you don't. Multiple studies have shown restaurant lemon wedges are freqently tainted with what bacteria?

  • E. coli
  • Chryseobacterium meningosepticum
  • Shigella

Fact or fiction: A certain disease-causing pathogen may also bear beneficial uses because it encourages blood to clot.

  • fact
  • fiction

What is the most effective way to kill drug-resistant 'super bugs' such as Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) when cleaning your house?

  • bleach
  • alcohol-based cleaners
  • soap and water

What, other than your sweet tooth, could be to blame for your chocolate craving?

  • genetics
  • vitamin deficiency
  • certain gut bacteria

Bacteria may like to feed on carbohydrates -- and as we learned earlier, that includes chocolate -- but they're not spending their days eating proverbial bonbons. What environmental catastrophe could they help?

  • earthquake
  • oil spill
  • volcanic eruption
  • HAZMAT spill

What might diverse colonies of bacteria in your gut help you do?

  • stay lean
  • stay smart
  • stay regular
  • stay hydrated