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Quiz about The ABCs of FleshEating Bacteria
Quiz about The ABCs of FleshEating Bacteria

The ABCs of Flesh-Eating Bacteria Quiz


Do you know much about this rare condition? If you think you do, I hope you have fun testing your knowledge in my quiz.

A multiple-choice quiz by froggyx. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
froggyx
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
356,589
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
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7 / 10
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1. What is the scientific name for the disease caused by 'flesh-eating bacteria'? Hint

Atopic Dermatitis
Keratosis Pilaris
Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex
Necrotizing Fasciitis

2. Which of the following is true about the name 'flesh-eating bacteria'? Hint

It is actually a misnomer.
Once one gets infected with this bacteria, it makes the person want to eat human flesh (cannibalism), thus it was named this way.
This bacteria is literally eating on human flesh, that is how it got its name.
It was named after the researcher who discovered it, who loved eating human flesh.

3. Despite its frightening name, the 'flesh-eating disease' is actually harmless.

True
False

4. Who was the first person to give this condition its (scientific) name, and in what year did this happen? Hint

Dr. E. Polk in 1959
Dr. C. Jessen in 1977
Dr. B. Wilson in 1952
Dr. D. Madison in 1964

5. Of the following options, in what group is the 'flesh-eating disease' most likely to develop? Hint

The immunocompromised
Men over 50
Women over 60
Teenagers

6. How is the 'flesh-eating disease' most commonly treated? Hint

Intravenous administration of a mixture of Morphine and Methadone.
Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
It does not require any treatment, as the patient usually recovers within a week without any medical support.
Antibiotics (IV) and surgical removal of the damaged tissue.

7. Which of the following are symptoms of the 'flesh-eating disease'? Hint

There are absolutely no symptoms.
Excessive itching with lots of tiny spots appearing all-over the body and nasty body odour.
Increased appetite, with vomiting and diarrhea, but without a fever or temperature.
A small, red, sore bump on the skin, which develops into an extremely painful bruise-like area, which grows fast and the centre may become black.

8. Of the following 4 people, which real person lost a leg to the 'flesh-eating disease'? Hint

Lucien Bouchard, the 27th Premier of Quebec
Rick Allen, the Def Leppard drummer
Heather Mills, Paul McCartney's ex-wife
Captain Jack Sparrow

9. At what location does the 'flesh-eating disease' usually begin to develop? Hint

At your ankles.
At the Hallux (big toe).
At a site of trauma.
At the back of your neck (nape).

10. What is/are the standard precaution(s) everybody can take to try preventing getting infected by 'flesh-eating bacteria'? Hint

By vaccination, it is available to everyone.
By practicing good personal hygiene, like washing hands often and keeping wounds clean.
Taking vitamin and mineral supplements is sufficient enough.
Unfortunately there is absolutely nothing one can do, as it is an inherited condition.


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the scientific name for the disease caused by 'flesh-eating bacteria'?

Answer: Necrotizing Fasciitis

The first part of the name "necrotizing" indicates something causes body tissue to die and the second part of the name "fasciitis" indicates an inflammation of the fascia, which is a layer of fibrous tissue.

Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema.
Epidermolysis bullosa simplex is an inherited skin-disorder which causes blistering.
Keratosis pilaris is the scientific name for the condition more commonly known as 'chicken-skin' or 'follicular keratosis'.
2. Which of the following is true about the name 'flesh-eating bacteria'?

Answer: It is actually a misnomer.

The meaning of the name of this organism is known to be incorrect, as the bacteria is not really eating body tissue.
The bacteria actually release toxins which lead to the destruction of body tissue (skin and muscle).
3. Despite its frightening name, the 'flesh-eating disease' is actually harmless.

Answer: false

If the 'flesh-eating disease' is not treated immediately and adequately, it can lead to severe disabilities and/or even death. If the condition is left completely untreated it will almost inevitably be fatal and eventually lead to death.
Sadly, even if the infection has been treated, there is still a mortality rate of around 30%.
4. Who was the first person to give this condition its (scientific) name, and in what year did this happen?

Answer: Dr. B. Wilson in 1952

In 1871 Joseph Jones first broached the subject of this disease, he had researched more than 2,600 cases of the syndrome during the American Civil War.
Also, in 1883 Jean-Alfred Fournier a Parisian doctor gave a speech on Fournier's gangrene (which the condition is called when the genitals are affected).
However, Dr. B. Wilson was the first person to coin the disease 'necrotizing fasciitis', which is still used presently in modern medicine, and is acknowledged to be the most concrete and brief definition.
5. Of the following options, in what group is the 'flesh-eating disease' most likely to develop?

Answer: The immunocompromised

This syndrome rarely develops in people with a normal general condition.
Over 70% of the patients are noted to be people with an impaired immune system, like people who suffer from HIV, cancer, diabetes, alcoholism and intravenous drug abuse, chronic liver or renal disease and maybe tuberculosis.
In children it could follow after a chickenpox infection.
6. How is the 'flesh-eating disease' most commonly treated?

Answer: Antibiotics (IV) and surgical removal of the damaged tissue.

The most important and adequate routine procedure generally involves intravenously administered antibiotic therapy (as standard antibiotics are often, even at the first stage of this disease, no longer effective), and it is also mainly essential to surgically remove wasted tissue to control further spreading of the infection.
Unfortunately, on some acute occasions, amputation of affected body parts may even be crucial.
7. Which of the following are symptoms of the 'flesh-eating disease'?

Answer: A small, red, sore bump on the skin, which develops into an extremely painful bruise-like area, which grows fast and the centre may become black.

The 'milder' symptoms, like the small sore red bumps on the skin, normally appear within the first day of infection.
By the second day the patient would definitely realise there is something seriously wrong, as during the next few hours, these sore spots then very speedily increase in size, become even more painful, and the centre of these sores may blacken. It is very likely that the patient simultaneously experiences flu-like symptoms and extreme thirst.
On the third to fifth day the infected person may break out in huge dark-coloured wheals with blistering, the blood pressure will soon drop dangerously low, shortly after the patient would suffer a septic shock, and sooner or later they would probably fall into a coma.
8. Of the following 4 people, which real person lost a leg to the 'flesh-eating disease'?

Answer: Lucien Bouchard, the 27th Premier of Quebec

Other famous victims include the Nobel prize winner in physics in 2001 Eric Allin Cornelle, who lost his left arm and shoulder in 2004 to this disease; former minority owner of the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, Jeff Moorad, who was infected in 1997 and has undergone 7 surgeries since then, but has now fully recovered; former prime minister of the Netherlands, Jan Peter Balkenende, contracted the disease in 2004 but fully recovered.

Heather Mills lost her leg in a collision with a police motorcycle, which responded to an accident.
Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car crash.
Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character, the main character of 'The pirates of the Caribbean', and we never find out how he actually lost his lower leg.
9. At what location does the 'flesh-eating disease' usually begin to develop?

Answer: At a site of trauma.

It usually first appears at the location of a previously existing wound, although the soreness can sometimes arise at a distance from the trauma.
The pain is generally much worse than you would imagine from that type of injury.
10. What is/are the standard precaution(s) everybody can take to try preventing getting infected by 'flesh-eating bacteria'?

Answer: By practicing good personal hygiene, like washing hands often and keeping wounds clean.

Unfortunately there is no certain prevention for the disease.
However, frequent hand-washing, keeping wounds clean and intact as best as possible are known to be the best preventative measures.
Also, sneezing and coughing into tissues, and then discarding those used tissues immediately, is important.
Staying away from people who are infected with a strep infection (like strep throat etc.) can also help, as Group A -hemolytic streptococcus is the organism that makes up most cases known to cause necrotizing fasciitis.
Source: Author froggyx

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