Anatomy & Physiology Immune #10

Question

Escherichia coli is an example of which type of pathogen?

Answers

  1. Virus
    • Rationale:

      Escherichia coli is an example of a bacteria, not a virus.

  2. Fungi
    • Rationale:

      Escherichia coli is an example of a bacteria, not a fungus.

  3. Parasite
    • Rationale:

      Escherichia coli is an example of a bacteria, not a parasite.

  4. Bacteria
    • Rationale:

      A bacteria is defined as a member of unicellular microorganisms that have cell walls but lack organelles and an organized nucleus. Some bacteria can cause infectious disease processes, including Escherichia coli.

Overview

A pathogen is defined as a microorganism that is capable of producing a disease process.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

There are several different types of pathogens that are capable of producing infectious disease processes. These pathogens include bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions, and viruses. Escherichia coli is an example of a bacteria.

Test Taking Tip

Consider the different types of pathogens, and their definitions and examples, to answer this question correctly.

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