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%
34
flagRepublic of Ireland
4%
13%
8%
72%
91
flagCzech Republic
0%
15%
15%
70%
20
flagGermany
5%
16%
8%
68%
202
flagAustralia
7%
10%
10%
67%
28
flagPoland
7%
17%
8%
66%
16794
flagFrance
7%
11%
9%
66%
51
flagItaly
6%
20%
3%
70%
30
flagPakistan
10%
13%
13%
62%
59
flagthe Netherlands
6%
18%
10%
62%
59
flagthe United Kingdom
8%
19%
9%
61%
433
flagCanada
8%
18%
12%
60%
81
flagSweden
8%
21%
8%
60%
23
flagIndia
10%
21%
6%
58%
356
flagUnknown
9%
20%
12%
56%
281
flagLithuania
5%
5%
16%
55%
36
flagNorway
5%
34%
5%
54%
35
flagMalaysia
13%
18%
13%
54%
22
flagthe Philippines
15%
17%
11%
52%
63
flagthe United States
10%
25%
10%
50%
835

Gender

men66%
women69%
bacteria
5%
6%
virus
17%
15%
fungi
10%
7%
prion
66%
69%

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Which infectious agent is the most resistant to sterilization?
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