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Quiz about Why Im Not Worried About Ebola
Quiz about Why Im Not Worried About Ebola

Why I'm Not Worried About Ebola Quiz


The 2014 Ebola outbreak scared the world, but in Mexico, we have other stuff to worry about, since we've had a few epidemics going on around here, and other scary illnesses and conditions. Can you figure them out? Good luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by Lpez. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Lpez
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
371,005
Updated
Jul 24 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
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Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. In 1531, when the Spanish conquest was beginning, Mexico suffered one of its first known epidemics. This disease, known in Spanish as "sarampion", causes fevers, red eyes, and rashes, as well as the appearance of Koplik's spots. Which disease is this? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In 1540, another epidemic spread in Mexico, forcing the indigenous population to invoke their gods to face the disease. Hundreds of years later, in 1813, it reappeared and caused more than 3000 deaths within seven months.

Which disease, that causes a dramatic rise in temperature, headaches, delirium, abdominal pain, intestinal haemorrhages and encephalitis, among other symptoms, is this?
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Question 3 of 10
3. In 1833, the states of Guanajuato, Campeche, Yucatan, Tamaulipas and San Luis were affected by an outbreak of a disease that first showed in Mexico in 1810. Within 24 hours, 1200 people had died as a result of this illness.

Distinguished by diarrhea and vomiting, in addition to dehydration, which disease caused an approximate of 324,000 deaths during the 1833 outbreak?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1902, Mazatlan experienced a lethal epidemic, that caused inflammation of lymphs and fever. Mexican authorities reacted by immediately closing the port and burning infected houses. The disease disappeared after three years, although it claimed the lives of many "sinaloenses".

Which disease, known for being the believed cause of the Black Death, is this?
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Question 5 of 10
5. In 1918, an influenza pandemic broke out around the world. Since World War I was reaching its end, soldiers became more susceptible to contract this type of flu, which is believed to have entered Mexico with an American citizen from New York.

Which nickname did this flu, which infected around 500 million people, receive?
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Thanks to an ongoing campaign, this disease is now controlled in Mexico, although it still shows in regions like Chiapas and Guatemala. Carried by mosquitoes, it causes headaches, fever, and vomiting, and is commonly related to poverty, since many children in Africa have died from it.

How is this disease known?
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Question 7 of 10
7. From 1948 and up to 1955, when a vaccine was introduced, Mexico became affected by a virus caused by contact with bodily fluids. It can cause fever, headaches and vomiting, and in severe cases, muscle paralysis.

If I mention Jonas Salk, would you be able to figure out which disease I'm referring to?
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In 2009, Mexico attracted worldwide attention when a new outbreak of flu was reported. Caused by the H1N1 virus, this type of flu provoked panic in the Mexican population, leading the government to close schools and other public services for weeks.

What was this disease, that probably started in Veracruz, otherwise called?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. In Mexico, overweight people represent more than 70% of the population, making the abnormal and excessive accumulation of fats and calories a public health issue. What is this condition known as? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Thousands of people in Mexico die from diabetes yearly, making this condition one of the top death causes in the country. This can be caused by an excessive amount of fat in the body and not exercising, as well as genetics. Which hormone does the pancreas stop producing with diabetes? Hint



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1. In 1531, when the Spanish conquest was beginning, Mexico suffered one of its first known epidemics. This disease, known in Spanish as "sarampion", causes fevers, red eyes, and rashes, as well as the appearance of Koplik's spots. Which disease is this?

Answer: Measles

Even though it was brought in by the Spanish "conquistadores" in 1531, 1545 saw the worst outbreak of measles. The disease also affected Central America and the Incas, as well as Honduras. There are drawings by Aztecs that show people with measles.

Measles is caused by a virus and is particularly notable because of the rash it causes, which can last from seven to twelve days. It is an extremely contagious disease given that it can be transmitted through the air and, like Ebola, by transmission of bodily fluids.
2. In 1540, another epidemic spread in Mexico, forcing the indigenous population to invoke their gods to face the disease. Hundreds of years later, in 1813, it reappeared and caused more than 3000 deaths within seven months. Which disease, that causes a dramatic rise in temperature, headaches, delirium, abdominal pain, intestinal haemorrhages and encephalitis, among other symptoms, is this?

Answer: Typhoid fever

Typhoid fever is often caused by a Salmonella-type bacterium, which is contained in feces. When these contact food or drink, they cause typhoid fever after being ingested. The infection lasts approximately four weeks, and has caused the deaths of notable people like Wilbur Wright and Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.

Typhoid fever has been significantly reduced with the development of vaccines and public health systems. However, it is still common to see salmonella or related diseases in Mexico because of eating street food, which is many times contaminated due to poor hygiene in these establishments.
3. In 1833, the states of Guanajuato, Campeche, Yucatan, Tamaulipas and San Luis were affected by an outbreak of a disease that first showed in Mexico in 1810. Within 24 hours, 1200 people had died as a result of this illness. Distinguished by diarrhea and vomiting, in addition to dehydration, which disease caused an approximate of 324,000 deaths during the 1833 outbreak?

Answer: Cholera

Typically transmitted by ingestion of food and drink contaminated with fecal matter, cholera is one of the most common infections worldwide, and causes thousands of deaths yearly. Due to diarrhea, severe dehydration, which subsequently results in death, is common in patients with cholera.

In 2014, a cholera epidemic developed in Ghana, but went unnoticed because of the Ebola outbreak in neighboring nations.
4. In 1902, Mazatlan experienced a lethal epidemic, that caused inflammation of lymphs and fever. Mexican authorities reacted by immediately closing the port and burning infected houses. The disease disappeared after three years, although it claimed the lives of many "sinaloenses". Which disease, known for being the believed cause of the Black Death, is this?

Answer: Bubonic plague

Bubonic plague can cause gangrene, fever, cramps and seizures, among other terrible symptoms that derive in death of the infected person within four days if not treated. It is usually transmitted by rodents, mosquitoes or fleas that carry the bacteria.

The bacteria, Yersinia pestis, was the pathogen that possibly caused the Black Death, one of the worst pandemics in human history, as it killed millions of people in Europe.
5. In 1918, an influenza pandemic broke out around the world. Since World War I was reaching its end, soldiers became more susceptible to contract this type of flu, which is believed to have entered Mexico with an American citizen from New York. Which nickname did this flu, which infected around 500 million people, receive?

Answer: Spanish flu

Because Spain was a neutral country during World War I, it was easier to report the consequences of the flu epidemic in this country than in other nations involved in the conflict, due to censorship. King Alfonso XIII contracted the illness, further expanding the relationship of the sickness to Spain, even though nations like France, Germany and the United States also suffered from the pandemic.

It was one of the first influenza pandemics to be recorded. In Mexico, it caused 500,000 deaths, as well as new public health measures, like avoiding congregated places, breathing through the nose instead of through the mouth, and not spitting on the floor.
6. Thanks to an ongoing campaign, this disease is now controlled in Mexico, although it still shows in regions like Chiapas and Guatemala. Carried by mosquitoes, it causes headaches, fever, and vomiting, and is commonly related to poverty, since many children in Africa have died from it. How is this disease known?

Answer: Malaria

Malaria results in anemia, since the disease is passed by mosquito bites that carry the infection to the blood, affecting the bloodstream. It is common in tropical regions since mosquitoes prefer this type of climate. Since parasites have developed the ability to resist antibiotics and insecticides, the disease remains difficult to eliminate on a worldwide scale.
7. From 1948 and up to 1955, when a vaccine was introduced, Mexico became affected by a virus caused by contact with bodily fluids. It can cause fever, headaches and vomiting, and in severe cases, muscle paralysis. If I mention Jonas Salk, would you be able to figure out which disease I'm referring to?

Answer: Poliomyelitis

Most commonly known as polio, the effects of this disease range from flu-like symptoms (headaches, coughing and sneezing, and fever), to permanent spinal cord and muscular paralysis. In Mexico, 100,000 cases of polio were reported, until in 1955, Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine, giving immunity from the disease to almost anyone who received the vaccine.

Notable people like Donald Sutherland, Francis Ford Coppola and Neil Young, survived polio.
8. In 2009, Mexico attracted worldwide attention when a new outbreak of flu was reported. Caused by the H1N1 virus, this type of flu provoked panic in the Mexican population, leading the government to close schools and other public services for weeks. What was this disease, that probably started in Veracruz, otherwise called?

Answer: Swine flu

The 2009 flu pandemic caused worldwide panic, since it went out of control. Even though the Mexican government was praised for its rapid efforts to control the situation, thousands of cases were reported first in Mexico and then throughout the world. It is called swine flu because a virus made of human flu and avian flu mutated with a type of pig flu.

Some said that the disease was exaggerated to improve the economy of the country (which actually got worse), but I am the living proof of that not being true, since I myself had the H1N1 flu. I remember that a country-wide exam called ENLACE was cancelled in March 2009 since the outbreak of influenza had been announced and schools shut down, including mine. A year later, in December 2010, I started feeling fever, cough, and a loss of appetite, so I decided to go to the doctor. He told me to go get a swine flu test immediately, and unfortunately, I tested positive. Therefore, I spent 5 days in quarantine, locked inside my room taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and watching complete seasons of TV series.

I was very lucky to have access to a quality doctor, an efficient test and medicines (which were actually scarce), since many of the flu-caused deaths happened as a result of self-medication or pneumonia coming from not treating the disease in time. Measures taken by the government included using the forearm to cover sneezes, instead of the palm of the hand. This had a permanent effect on me, as I now cover my sneezes with my forearm even though I previously did it with my hand! I can't even remember how to sneeze that way!
9. In Mexico, overweight people represent more than 70% of the population, making the abnormal and excessive accumulation of fats and calories a public health issue. What is this condition known as?

Answer: Obesity

Obesity can lead to several other diseases such as diabetes and heart conditions. Mexico has one of the fastest-growing obesity rates in the world, being one of the countries with the most obese people, along with the United States. Consumption of fruits and vegetables replacing processed foods and fats is recommended, as well as having a healthy lifestyle and exercising.

The Mexican government has started several campaigns to help reduce obesity, including a new law introduced in 2014 that placed additional taxes on junk food in an attempt to encourage healthy eating habits.
10. Thousands of people in Mexico die from diabetes yearly, making this condition one of the top death causes in the country. This can be caused by an excessive amount of fat in the body and not exercising, as well as genetics. Which hormone does the pancreas stop producing with diabetes?

Answer: Insulin

Insulin is a hormone that regulates sugar levels in the blood, as well as carbohydrates and fats. Diabetes, a condition related to the lack of insulin produced by the pancreas, can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, and not smoking or drinking sodas or juices that are high in sugar.
Source: Author Lpez

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