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what is the definition or description of: infectious diseases?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Infectious diseases: Infectious diseases = illness/ sickness caused by germs/ pathogens.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the most common infectious diseases occuring in developing countries of the world?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Diarrheal illness: Diarrheal illnesses kill more people than any other sort of illness and most of these deaths occur in the third world.
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What are reportable infectious diseases and who gets told?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Looks like State/CDC: This looks like something for the cdc. This appears to be a list of infectious diseases that must be reported to the state health deparments who voluntarily report to the cdc and includes diseases like babesiosis, anthrax, diptheria, and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). In short, it seems to include all potentially epidemic conditions that must be reported so outbreaks can be controlled.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
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The list of diseases that are considered notifiable varies slightly by state. All states generally report the internationally quarantinable diseases (i.e., cholera, plague, and yellow fever) in compliance with the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to contract infectious diseases while waiting in the emergecy department?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Unfortunately yes: Especially some of the childhood diseases that are supposed to be immunized for, with measles and chickenpox high up on the list. During its short run, the SARS coronavirus also spread in ER waiting rooms.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Are new infectious diseases continually emerging?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
It's Inevitable!: Just as certain as the sun rising from the east, new infectious diseases will evolve because of the innate drive for any organism to survive, based on the environmental pressures it has to overcome. This is the basis of how susceptible organisms become resistant to certain antibiotics. Additionally, as we explore different areas in the world , we will expose ourselves to new diseases.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor specializes in infectious diseases?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
ID specialist: An infectious disease specialist. These are doctors with training in either internal medicine or pediatrics who then go on to do fellowship training in infectious diseases. (at least that's how it works in the U.S. And many other countries.).

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