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Stanford microbiologist Stanley Falkow once wrote, “I never met a microbe I didn’t like.” In the world of infectious disease, the smallest organisms can often cause the biggest health care problems, including epidemics, pandemics, and mass casualties. But, in addition to their capacity to destroy, many microbes live with us and on us, helping us survive.

Here are a few microbes STAT would like you to meet. Whether or not you decide to like them, we want to know: How much do you know about infectious disease?


The “yellow” in yellow fever comes from which of the following?*
Hepatitis primarily infects which organ?*
How many types of influenza virus are there?*
The person who discovered that Helicobacter pylori caused stomach ulcers did an experiment that some people found shocking. What was it?*
MMR, as in the MMR vaccine, stands for:*
These microbes are commonly seen in hospital-acquired infections:*
This parasite causes malaria:*
This bacteria causes a sexually transmitted infection that is resistant to nearly every treatment currently available:*
The following statement about Zika virus is true:*
Bacteria can live together in communities that produce protective mechanisms resistant to treatment. What is the scientific name for these communities?*

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