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Mad cow disease! Hantavirus! Fungal meningitis! Test your smarts about the truth behind the health-scare headlines.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

It's possible to catch the human form of mad cow disease by eating what part of an infected animal?

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The correct answer is: To catch the human form of the ailment (people can't be infected with actual mad cow disease), you would have to eat nerve tissue, such as the brain or spinal cord, from an infected cow. That is why the disease is much more rare than the headlines would lead you to believe.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Who does the Red Cross ban from donating blood for fear of spreading the human version of mad cow disease?

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The correct answer is: All three of these scenarios will stop the Red Cross from allowing you to give blood, as you may have been exposed to Cruetzfeldt Jakob disease, the human equivalent of mad cow.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How can you become infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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The correct answer is: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can only be transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk--not saliva. In extremely rare instances, HIV is transmitted through deep "French" kissing, but in each case infected blood was exchanged due to bleeding gums or sores in the mouth. In addition, those fluids can't just touch your skin. They need to come in contact with a mucous membrane, injured tissue or your bloodstream, which is why getting a tattoo with an unclean needle is so unsafe.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: There is no cure for HIV.

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The correct answer is: This is true. But while there is no cure for the disease, recently developed medications can help HIV-infected people live for decades before developing autoimmune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods contains the most arsenic?

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The correct answer is: Many kinds of rice and rice products contain arsenic--a colorless, odorless, tasteless compound--in significant amounts. At present, the FDA isn't recommending yet that people limit their consumption of rice or rice products. In the meantime, consider opting for basmati rice, which tends to have less arsenic than other types.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Rosacea, a condition in which your skin becomes red and inflamed, may be triggered by mites that live on your face.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Bacteria released by mites (which hang out around your facial hair follicles) can cause an immune reaction when they come in contact with your skin.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What of the following is NOT a common early symptom of hantavirus?

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The correct answer is: The early stages of hantavirus feel a lot like having the flu. Look for fatigue, fever and muscle aches. In addition, you may feel headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea and vomiting.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How can hantavirus be transmitted from rodents to humans?

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The correct answer is: All three of these situations may potentially lead to infection, though the virus is rarely spread through biting.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What percentage of people who contract hantavirus die from it?

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The correct answer is: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hantavirus has a 38 percent fatality rate.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Fungal meningitis is contagious.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Fungal meningitis cannot be spread by coming in contact with an infected person.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

The 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis has been traced back to which kind of injection?

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The correct answer is: Contaminated steroid medication injections were to blame for the fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How long does it typically take for symptoms of fungal meningitis to appear?

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The correct answer is: Symptoms usually take between 1 to 4 weeks to appear, though they can also appear sooner or later than that.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What percentage of Americans who become infected with flesh-eating bacteria die from the infection?

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The correct answer is: According to the Honor Society of Nursing, one out of every five Americans who become infected dies from the infection.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How many people in the U.S. become infected by flesh-eating bacteria each year?

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The correct answer is: While the bacterium that causes the infection is actually pretty common (experts estimate that between 5 and 15 percent of the population carry it), it only becomes an issue when it enters the body through a wound. The CDC estimates approximately 650 to 800 people become infected each year—and more cases may go unreported.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: The pain from flesh-eating bacteria decreases as the infection becomes more advanced.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While the infection can hurt quite severely at first, nerves die along with the affected tissue--and when the nerves go, the pain goes with them.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sex addiction is an actual mental health disorder.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Researchers at UCLA recently proposed criteria that will help determine if someone has "hypersexual disorder"-- in other words, is addicted to sex. The criteria include sexual fantasies and behavior that last at least six months and somehow interfere with the patient's life in a negative way.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following celebrities has been labeled, fairly or not, as a sex addict?

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The correct answer is: Tabloids and gossip magazines have, at times, labeled all three of these famous men as sex addicts.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is NOT a common symptom of E. coli infection?

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The correct answer is: Stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting are symptoms of an infection with E. coli bacteria, which is spread by exposure to human or animal feces. Some patients also experience fever, though it is usually mild.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can help lower your risk of becoming infected with E. coli?

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The correct answer is: All three of these precautions will cut down on the amount of E. coli bacteria you're exposed to, lowering your risk of infection. Other E. coli-busting habits to cultivate: Cooking meats thoroughly and washing hands, utensils and cutting boards in warm, soapy water after handling raw meat.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most people who contract an E. coli infection die from it.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Only about 5 to 10 percent of patients develop serious complications from E. coli. Most patients recover within a week.

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