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Awful and Bizarre Diseases

written by: Gilligan
 
Okay, any disease can be awful. However, this is a quiz on diseases which are medical mysteries or are of a particularly bad nature. Take this quiz and learn about some profoundly disturbing things that can happen to you! (Sounds like fun, right?)

Question 1:


One version of this rare brain disorder is better known as "Mad Cow" and can be contracted by eating contaminated beef. There is no known cure.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Lyme disease
Protothecosis
Leptospirosis

Question 2:

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This mysterious illness, which has cropped up again recently, displays almost sci-fi symptoms. Sufferers complain of intensely creepy-crawly skin and odd fibrous strands which protrude from open wounds.
The image provided is an autofluorescence of fibers from child's lip skin lesion.
Benign fasciculation syndrome
Morgellons Disease
Interstitial cystitis
Copenhagen disease


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Question 3:


Named after a river region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the symptoms of this viral disease include: red eyes, bleeding from orifices, and organ failure. The disease causes a type of hemorrhagic fever and the fatality rate is often 90%.
Varicella zoster virus
Ebola
Rubella
Dengue fever

Question 4:

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Generally caught by eating undercooked meat, these intestinal parasites can live in your digestive tract for twenty years. Their long segmented body can actually migrate to other organs, and even infect the central nervous system.
ringworm
roundworm
tapeworm
hookworm


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Question 5:


People diagnosed with this disease have an insatiable urge to eat non-food substances like dirt, paper, glue and clay.
Diastrophic dysplasia
Behr's syndrome
Pica
Feingold syndrome

Question 6:

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It's a spore carrying bacterium you get from exposure to infected animal tissue. It can lie dormant for years and years, till it's time to infect an animal.
The image provided depicts a generally non-lethal skin infection - it's the inhalation of this bacterium that's the most deadly. Inhalation of the spores brings flu-like symptoms for several days, followed by respiratory collapse.
Mycobacterium
Chlamydia
Anthrax
Rickettsia


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Question 7:


People get this illness, often called Guinea worm disease, by swallowing water fleas which carry a parasitic larvae. The infection is unnoticeable for about a year, then grown worms migrate throughout the body, emerging after they bore holes through the skin - usually the top of the foot.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Da Costa syndrome
Dracunculiasis
Dupuytren's contracture
Donovanosis

Question 8:


One of the discoverers of this condition claimed that it is "the worst disease you can get" - and he may be right. It is characterised by a total inability to sleep - even sleeping pills have no effect. Eventually, the patient experiences hallucinations and panic attacks, followed by dementia, and then the patient becomes mute for about six months. The disease is hereditary and always fatal.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Fatal familial insomnia
Dyssomnia
Nocturnal myoclonus
Morvan's syndrome

Question 9:


It is estimated that the Black Death wiped out 1/4 of England's population, totaling 4.2 million from 1347 to 1351. What is the name of this bacteria thought to have been responsible for this plague?
Salmonella enterica
Klebsiella pneumoniae
Yersinia pestis
Plesiomonas shigelloides

Question 10:


Name the most lethal outbreak in human history with an estimated 50 to 100 million people killed worldwide between 1918 and 1919. As many as 25 million may have been killed in the first 25 weeks!
Typhoid fever
Indian bird flu
Smallpox
Spanish flu

 


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