The Oldest Diseases of World Quiz
While most of us want to know what our daily life would look like in ancient times, a few of us also can't help but wonder what our death would look like too.
What is the study of ancient diseases called?
How do paleopathologists primarily study ancient diseases?
As Hannibal's army marched through the Alps, what ancient disease might've infected more and more troops as downstream water become more and more infected?
What disease appears to be the oldest human-specific infection?
What is the oldest case of leprosy paleopathologists have found?
- 2,000 years old
- 4,000 years old
- 3,000 years old
- is extremely contagious
- causes limbs to fall off
- has a very long incubation time
What can leprosy look like?
- snake skin
- black and blue bruises
What disease decimated the population of Athens around 430 B.CE.?
What is the actual bacterium that causes typhoid?
- clostridium difficile
- E coli
- Salmonella enterica
Chicken pox was seen in ancient civilizations, but was often confused for what?
Where do some scholars think smallpox got its start?
- the indigenous population of what is know Oklahoma
How many deaths is smallpox responsible for in the 20th century alone?
- 1 million
- 300-500 million
- 100 million
In 2300 B.C.E., there are records of fining dog owners for their animals spreading what disease?
Bats are now a common carrier of rabies in the United States.
- only in the South
What has been responsible for half of all human deaths since the Stone Age?
- the malaria parasite
Pharaoh Ramses V died in 1156 B.C.E. What ancient disease does his body show signs of?
Romans thought malaria was caused by what?
What ancient disease is the most common lethal hospital-acquired infection?
9,000-year-old bones off the coast of Israel confirm DNA of what ancient disease?
- c. diff
Where did the first evidence of trachoma appear?
- South Africa
The first edition of "Encyclopedia Britannica" claims tuberculosis was known to be found in:
- pale people
- funny people
The first edition of "Encyclopedia Britannica" also recommends what treatment for smallpox?
What ancient disease still kills a million people a year?
- yellow fever
Malaria may have killed what monarch?
- King Tut
- Henry V
- Old King Cole
What does trachoma cause?
The value of smallpox inoculation (ie: contracting a mild form of the disease to guard against a more serious infection) was first observed where?
Yersinia pestis is the bacterium responsible for what very old disease?
- scarlet fever
When was the first (definitive) epidemic outbreak of the plague?
- 3000 B.C.E.
- 6th century C.E.
- 800 B.C.E.
Scarlet fever might have been referenced as early as the 3rd or 4th century B.C.E but when was its first confirmed description?
- 300 C.E.
- 1200 C.E.
- 1553 C.E.
What "disease of kings" was first recorded in 2640 B.C.E.?