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Prenatal Infection Quiz

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Prenatal Infection Quiz

February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month! Take this quiz to find out how much you know about prenatal infections!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of these can cross intact membranes?
    • A. 

      Group B strep

    • B. 

      E. coli

    • C. 

      Mycoplasmas

    • D. 

      None of these - intact membranes prevent any microorganisms from infecting babies in utero

    • E. 

      A, b, and c - all of these as well as some other microorganisms can cross intact membranes and infect babies in utero

  • 2. 
    In the U.S., what percentage of pregnant women carry group B strep (GBS), a type of bacteria that can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, or become very sick at or after birth?
    • A. 

      0.1%

    • B. 

      100%

    • C. 

      25%

    • D. 

      2%

  • 3. 
    The two most common ways pregnant women are exposed to cytomegalovirus (CMV) are sexual activity and contact with saliva or urine from an infected child.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    About 1 in 6 of the patients diagnosed with listeriosis are pregnant women. Listeriosis during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or infections in newborns. Check 3 of the foods that should be avoided during pregnancy to help protect yourself from listeriosis. 
    • A. 

      Hot dogs (unless heated until steaming hot)

    • B. 

      Cottage cheese

    • C. 

      Raw milk

    • D. 

      Raw/undercooked fish

    • E. 

      Eggs

    • F. 

      Tofu products

  • 5. 
    Match the animal or insect with the infectious disease they are known to carry:
    • A. Mosquitoes
    • A.
    • B. Ticks
    • B.
    • C. Cats
    • C.
    • D. Hamsters
    • D.
  • 6. 
    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may be passed to an unborn baby by an infected mother during pregnancy. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Why are E. coli and group B strep not considered STIs even though bacteria can be passed between sexual partners?
    • A. 

      They are diseases not infections

    • B. 

      Sex isn't the only way they're spread

    • C. 

      They are only found in the gastrointestinal tract

    • D. 

      They occur naturally in the body

  • 8. 
    Vertical transmission is the transfer of an infection from the mother to the baby during pregnancy or childbirth. Check 3 ways infections can vertically pass in utero. 
    • A. 

      Across the placenta

    • B. 

      After prolonged rupture of the membranes

    • C. 

      Breastfeeding

    • D. 

      During birth from the birth canal

  • 9. 
    What statement is NOT correct about chickenpox during pregnancy? 
    • A. 

      If the mother is infected there is a 10-15% chance of fetal infection.

    • B. 

      65% of women who get chickenpox develop pneumonia.

    • C. 

      Infection with chickenpox in the later stages of pregnancy can cause premature delivery.

    • D. 

      If a pregnant women has chickenpox during the first or early second trimester, there is a risk that the baby might have birth defects.

  • 10. 
    Being infected with German measles (also known as rubella) during pregnancy, can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, and serious birth defects.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    At about what week are the mother's antibodies primarily passed to her unborn baby?
    • A. 

      At conception

    • B. 

      Around the 12th week

    • C. 

      Around the 28th week

    • D. 

      Around the 35th week

    • E. 

      Immunities are not passed to the baby; they develop their own

  • 12. 
    Which of the following are true about urine culturing for bacteria during pregnancy?
    • A. 

      This is the routine prenatal dipstick check that it usually done at each prenatal visit.

    • B. 

      In the US and some other countries, it's routine to culture a pregnant woman's urine for bacteria early in pregnancy.

    • C. 

      Bacteria in a pregnant woman's urine is not potentially harmful for her unborn baby.

    • D. 

      Bacteria in a pregnant woman's urine can indicate that there is a heavy amount of the bacteria where it can harm the unborn baby.

    • E. 

      Both A and C

    • F. 

      Both B and D