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How can a person catch infectious diseases?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
SEVERAL WAYS: Several ways 1 person to person contacts 2 mosquito and other insect bites 3 animal bites 3 by sexual contacts 4 by eating contaminated food 5 due to underluing immune problem 6anatomic abnormalities in human body like urinary tract abnormalities, bronchectasis, fibrocystic disease.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Transmission: Infectious diseases are caused by transmission of organisms: person to person contact (kissing, sexual intercourse), bites/scratches from animals or insects or contaminated food or water. Some of the culprits include: viruses, bacteria, parasites (like protozoa or worms), fungi or prions. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is an example of a viral infection.

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Last updated Oct 12, 2014

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