Opportunistic Infections from Antibiotic Usage: Definition & Examples


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Why do some women get yeast infections after taking a course of antibiotics?

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1. Why would a person take probiotics when undergoing a course of antibiotic treatment?

2. Which bacterium causes severe antibiotic-associated diarrhea?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Focusing on how harmful pathogens can seize their window of opportunity, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the infections that can arise from antibiotic usage. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding which bacteria keeps the vaginal environment acidic as well as knowing what probiotics are.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Bacteria keeping vaginal environment acidic
  • What probiotics are
  • Cause of severe antibiotic-associated diarrhea
  • How normal flora protects us
  • Definition of a superinfection

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding how normal flora protects us and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what probiotics are
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related infections lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about how we can come in contact with the nasties, review the corresponding lesson on Opportunistic Infections from Antibiotic Usage: Definition & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what opportunistic infections are
  • Describe when these infectious opportunities can arise
  • Explain the role of normal flora to our body's health
  • Identify the two types of infections and their characteristics
  • Appreciate how using probiotics can improve our health