Take another quiz >

Viruses

Can you name these diseases caused by viruses?
Quiz by Quizmaster
Rate:
First submittedDecember 20, 2014
Last updatedOctober 26, 2016
Times taken14,288
Rating4.75
4:00
Enter answer here
0
 / 19 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
Hint
Disease
Hemorrhagic fever with a recent outbreak in West Africa
Ebola
Uncurable STD that was almost always fatal until the invention of the "cocktail"
HIV
Killed 299 people in Hong Kong in 2002 and 2003. Probably came from bats sold in markets
SARS
Causes cold sores
Herpes simplex
Caused by animal bites, it is nearly always fatal unless quickly treated by a vaccine
Rabies
The only infectious disease to be eliminated
Smallpox
Virus that can cause babies to be born with small heads
Zika
Group of five unrelated viruses (A, B, C, D, and E) which cause liver problems
Hepatitis
Jonas Salk created the vaccine for this paralytic disease in 1955. It may be eradicated by 2018
Polio
Nickname of the flu that killed 3-5% of the world's population in 1918-19
Spanish Flu
Mosquito-borne tropical virus that strikes at least 50 million people yearly, killing about 25,000
Dengue Fever
Another mosquito-borne tropical virus. Far less common than the above, it has a
much higher mortality rate (about 15%)
Yellow Fever
Also called H5N1, this virus has caused much worry but not much loss of life
Bird Flu
STD that is usually benign but can cause warts and also cervical cancer.
At least 25% of adults are infected
HPV
Once nearly eradicated in the first world due to vaccines, it is having
a resurgence among anti-vaxxers
Measles
Easily prevented by vaccination. Causes painful swelling of the salivary glands
Mumps
Along with the two above, this virus is prevented by the MMR vaccine
Rubella
Nearly everybody had it as a child. As an adult, it can re-emerge as shingles
Chicken Pox
Mosquito-borne infection named for a river
West Nile
+2
level 83
Dec 23, 2014
A nice quiz to bring out the hypochondriac in us all. I was surprised West Nile didn't make the list, though.
+1
level ∞
Oct 26, 2016
West Nile has been added as has Zika. On my scary scale of 1-10, West Nile is a 1 and Zika is a 6.
+3
level 74
Mar 4, 2015
You should update the question for smallpox as it's not the only viral disease to be eradicated. Rinderpest, a livestock disease, has been eradicated as well.
+1
level 59
Mar 24, 2017
Agreed, I think the distinction matters
+1
level 66
Mar 4, 2015
If we're writing diseases shouldn't AIDS be the visible answer? After all, HIV is Human Immunodeficiency *Virus*, which causes AIDS.
+1
level 61
Mar 4, 2015
AIDS is an advanced condition caused by HIV. You can have HIV but not AIDS, but you can't have AIDS but not HIV.
+2
level 77
Mar 4, 2015
The name of the quiz is viruses, though. AIDS is not a virus.
+2
level 71
Jan 24, 2017
Yes, but it does say "name these DISEASES". So Quizmaster is correct in covering all bases by allowing both answers.
+1
level ∞
Oct 26, 2016
AIDS would have worked even though its not correct
+3
level 64
Mar 24, 2017
Can you explain to me why this is not correct? As far as I know, HIV is the virus that causes the disease AIDS, and since both the caveat and the title of the column title ask for the disease, the latter one is the correct answer in my book, while HIV should definitely work as a type-in.
+1
level 70
Mar 4, 2015
Would you consider accepting "papilloma" for HPV?
+1
level ∞
Oct 26, 2016
Human papilloma would have worked.
+1
level 77
Mar 4, 2015
Please accept chicken herpes. Or at least herpes varicella. But chicken herpes is funnier.
+1
level 66
Mar 5, 2015
I love South Park. :D
+1
level 79
Mar 4, 2015
Dengue it! I tried deng and dang and even dank before giving up!
+1
level 58
Mar 4, 2015
HIV is the virus, AIDS is the disease
+1
level 56
Mar 6, 2015
herpes zoster should be accepted since it is the actual name of the chicken pox virus.
+1
level 9
Mar 8, 2015
What happened to the common cold. The Rhinovirus.
+1
level 36
Mar 8, 2015
No mention of malaria when it kills so many? (one source said 781,000/year, another estimated between 1 and 3 million/year) Is it just too obvious?
+3
level ∞
Mar 8, 2015
Malaria is not a virus
+4
level 57
Jun 8, 2016
Wow, malaria is a parasite. I had no idea. That's so interesting!
+1
level 71
Jun 6, 2016
How old is this quiz? Most kids do not get chicken pox anymore, at least in the US and a lot of Europe, some of Asia); they get vaccinated. (According to sources quoted in Wikipedia, ten years after the vaccine was introduced in the US in 1995, the number of cases dropped by 90%.)
+1
level 69
Jul 12, 2016
Note the past tense in the question.
+1
level 71
Jan 24, 2017
"Nearly everyone had it as a child" is the part I'm calling into question. Unless we consider "nearly everyone" to be "only people over the age of 20", then definitely "nearly everyone" did not have it. My kids are 20-ish, and none of them or their peers had it, or even really knew about it.
+1
level 68
Sep 27, 2019
well, most people ARE over 20 years old.
+1
level 76
Jul 17, 2016
There's a chicken pox vaccine??? It can't be that common in the UK or I would have had it.
+1
level 76
Nov 21, 2016
There's LOTS of advertising in the US to convince adults who had chicken pox as kids to get vaccinated, so it won't re-occur as shingles.
+3
level 71
Jan 24, 2017
Actually, Freestatebear, the shingles vaccine is totally different than the chicken pox vaccine. If you already had chicken pox, you get the shingles vaccine, not the chicken pox vaccine. And they don't recommend ALL adults get it, only adults over 50, or those who are immunocompromised, or have already started getting shingles outbreaks. (You can get the shingles vaccine even if you've started getting shingles; it will help lessen the frequency and severity of attacks.)
+1
level 69
Jul 12, 2016
Can we allow avian influenza? Typed that, thought I must have been confusing H5N1 with another designation, moved on.
+1
level ∞
Oct 26, 2016
Avian influenza will work now for people who like to type a lot :)
+3
level 54
Nov 28, 2016
Please add Ross River Virus to West Nile Virus for the last question. Cheers
+2
level 80
Jan 30, 2017
Seconding this. It fits all the criteria.
+2
level 59
Mar 24, 2017
Also agree, I tried Ross River fever for that answer too.
+3
level 59
Mar 24, 2017
"Once nearly eradicated in the first world due to vaccines, it is having a resurgence among anti-vaxxers" Thank god we don't have so many anti-vaxxers in Estonia!
+1
level 51
Mar 24, 2017
Viruses that could be included: Marburg (most dangerous virus), Hantavirus, Junin, Lassa
+2
level 67
Mar 24, 2017
Ross River virus fits the final clue too.
+1
level 43
Mar 25, 2017
To be fair, HIV has been cured... once!
+3
level 64
Mar 26, 2017
#$#*&$! anti-vaxxers. I hate them so much...
+2
level 74
Sep 1, 2017
+1 for Ross River as an answer to the river question. And maybe give Zika a better clue? Cytomegalovirus causes a lot more small heads than Zika.
+1
level 83
Feb 9, 2018
Any chance we could add some alt spellings for Dengue? I had heard of it but had no idea of the spelling.
+1
level 57
Oct 15, 2019
For accuracy's sake, change Polio for Poliomyelitis, which is the full name of the disease. Keep the polio type-in.