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?

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