Which infectious agent is the most resistant to sterilization?

bacteria
virus
fungi
prion
The smaller the agent, the more dif­fi­cult it is to destroy it. Prions are quite re­sis­tant to pro­teas­es, heat, ra­di­a­tion, and formalin treat­ments. 134°C (274°F) for 18 minutes in a pres­sur­ized steam au­to­clave may not be enough to de­ac­ti­vate the agent of disease. Prions may last for decades in the en­vi­ron­men­t.

Answers distribution

bacteria
virus
fungi
prion
answers
flagUkraine
0%
5%
5%
85%
35
flagRepublic of Ireland
4%
12%
8%
74%
97
flagGermany
6%
15%
7%
69%
213
flagItaly
6%
18%
3%
71%
32
flagFrance
7%
11%
9%
66%
51
flagGreece
4%
12%
16%
66%
24
flagPoland
7%
17%
8%
65%
18444
flagthe Netherlands
7%
16%
9%
65%
66
flagSweden
7%
19%
7%
65%
26
flagPakistan
11%
12%
12%
63%
63
flagAustralia
6%
15%
12%
62%
32
flagthe United Kingdom
8%
19%
9%
61%
456
flagCanada
8%
19%
12%
59%
82
flagIndia
12%
21%
7%
55%
393
flagLithuania
5%
5%
16%
55%
36
flagUnknown
8%
23%
13%
54%
542
flagMalaysia
13%
18%
13%
54%
22
flagthe Philippines
15%
17%
11%
52%
69
flagNorway
5%
33%
8%
52%
36
flagthe United States
10%
25%
10%
51%
857

Gender

men63%
women68%
bacteria
5%
6%
virus
18%
16%
fungi
11%
8%
prion
63%
68%

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