News quiz for week ending 10/17/14

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on October 17, 2014

Questions

1. Christopher Columbus wrote a letter in 1493 to King Ferdinand’s treasurer reporting on his voyage. In it, he describes the natives they encounter as:
a) idol worshippers
b) foolish savages
c) trustworthy and generous
d) unteachable imbeciles

2. Dallas nurse Nina Pham took basic precautions while treating Ebola-stricken Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan at a Dallas hospital. She ______________ when treating Mr. Duncan, who was in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, officials said.
a) wore a hooded coverall – the same used by Doctors Without Borders in Liberia. The material it is made from is resistant to contagious liquids such as blood and vomit.
b) wore a cap over her head to cover her hair
c) washed her hands with anti-bacterial soap after coming into contact with Mr. Duncan
d) wore a mask, gown, shield and gloves

3. After Dallas nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola, the CDC said it is re-examining the protocols for treating Ebola patients, including the removal of protective gear after contact with an Ebola patient. CDC officials are considering if it might be helpful to:
a) spray virus-killing solution on workers as they leave an isolation unit
b) require health care workers treating Ebola patients to wear rubber gloves
c) ban flights into and out of West Africa
d) require health care workers who have fevers to take two aspirin before flying

4. The first patient identified as having Internet addiction disorder used his Google glass for 18 hours, every day. He only took it off when he was:
a) sleeping or showering
b) eating or sleeping
c) watching TV or at a party
d) at church

5. Doctors discovered the patient had the Internet addiction when he began treatment for alcoholism and he was required to give up his electronic devices. Doctors noticed:
a) the patient repeatedly tapped his right temple with his index finger
b) felt irritable and argumentative when not wearing the Glass
c) dreamt as if he was wearing the device
d) all of the above

6. Kent Brantly is a doctor with the aid group ________________ who was caring for sick Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia, when he became the first American diagnosed with Ebola in late July.
a) African Unions Relief Effort
b) United Nations’ World Health Organization
c) Samaritan’s Purse
d) Doctors Without Borders

7. Dr. Brantly donated plasma to colleague Dr. Rick Sacra and NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, both of whom were receiving treatment for Ebola at Nebraska Medical Center. Dallas nurse Nina Pham also received some type of blood donation from Dr. Brantly.  He did not donate blood to Liberian national Thomas Duncan because:
a) he didn’t want to give it to a man from Liberia
b) his blood type was not compatible
c) he had not yet recovered from the disease
d) he didn’t have enough money to pay for it

8. When confronted with a virus, the immune system creates antibodies to specifically target that virus, kill it and keep it from coming back. Once a person has antibodies, they stay in their blood for life. If the Ebola antibodies found in an Ebola survivor’s blood can be imported into struggling Ebola patient’s body, those antibodies can theoretically:
a) cure the patient immediately
b) prevent the patient from becoming contagious
c) help the patient’s immune system fight off the deadly virus
d) none of the above

9. All but which one of the following reasons have African officials given for having limited the spread of Ebola to just a few countries in Africa?
a) the leadership of experts from the UN’s World Health Organization
b) luck and God’s mercy
c) good patient-tracking
d) tighter border controls

10. Which country has not closed its borders with the Ebola affected countries?
a) Ivory Coast
b) Guinea-Bissau
c) Sudan
d) Senegal


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