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Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi>  The diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another.

Infectious pathologies are usually qualified as contagious diseases (also called communicable diseases) due to their potential for transmission from one person to another. Transmission of an infectious disease may occur through one or more diverse pathways including physical contact with infected individuals. These infecting agents may also be transmitted through liquids, food, body fluids, contaminated objects, and airborne inhalation.

See:  What is MRSA?

Q&A: Infectious diseases – from the World Health Organization (WHO)

How big a problem is measles? What is being done to prevent it?

How do you get hepatitis B? How can I protect myself?

Does polio still exist? Is it curable?

What is vaccine-derived polio?

What is dengue and how is it treated?

Avian influenza: am I at risk?

Do all mosquitoes transmit malaria?

What is the best treatment against malaria?

What is TB? How is it spread?

Page last updated on Feb. 24, 2012