Biology: Do You Know Diseases?

 As 2020 has demonstrated, diseases are no laughing matter, and the more we know about them, the better we can avoid them. Care to test your knowledge of the diseases that infect mankind?
 
 
You have alternating pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in your leg. These are very likely symptoms of what?
Sciatica
A muscle tear
Phlebitis
A pinched nerve
 
 
What is the name of a deadly mosquito-borne disease?
Malaria
Myocardial Infarction
Mumps
Measles
 
 
Before Europeans arrived in the New World, which diseases Had Native Americans never faced?
Before the late 1400s, the New World never encountered these diseases, as well as smallpox, measles, leprosy and others.
Influenza
Malaria
Plague
All answers are correct
 
 
The Black Death was another name for what famous pandemic?
Bubonic plague
Asian Flu
London plague
Spanish Flu
 
 
Which of these infectious diseases can be spread via infected water?
Cholera
Ebola
Tuberculosis
Measles
 
 
When was the first influenza vaccine developed?
1815
1938
1898
1975
 
 
How does tuberculosis spread?
Through insect bites
Through hand touching
By inhaling the bacteria
All answers are correct
 
 
Which of these factors have contributed to the rise in infectious diseases?
Deforestation
Swamp land drying
A decrease in cat population
All answers are correct
 
 
A Goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid gland, is often caused by a deficiency in this nutrient.
Iodine
Calcium
Iron
Magnesium
 
 
Hepatitis primarily harms this organ.
Liver
Kidney
Spleen
Heart
 
 
The absence of which cellular process is thought to contribute to some cancers?
Normally cells can commit suicide (programmed cell death) if something goes wrong, but some cancer cells have lost this ability and are able to grow when they should not.
Programmed cell death
Mutations in regulatory genes
High rate of profileration
Invasion of tissues
 
 
Which of these is the strongest risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease?
Heredity
Age
Exposure to toxins
Poor nutrition
 
 
A person with the measles sneezes. How long can it hang in the air and infect you?
Measles are more contagious than Ebola. You can get measles by breathing the same air as someone who is sick. Nine out of 10 people with close contact to someone who is sick will get it, according to the CDC.
20 seconds
2 minutes
20 minutes
2 hours
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